Developing your speaking and listening skills
Children need to develop their oral skills as well as their reading and writing skills, in order to learn effectively. They need to be able to join in group discussions which enable them to clarify their thoughts by providing them with the opportunity to explore ideas. Children need to develop their skills as a speaker, so that they can express their ideas and report what they have found out in their investigations. They also need to develop their listening skills so that they can become an active and attentive listener. Clarifying is a simple way of fostering active listening when they are giving explanations or instructions to the class or conveying information, e.g. by showing a video. It involves pausing the video or pausing during their explanation and asking the children in pairs to explain to each other the key point or key points that have just been made.