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Quick and Easy Oral Language Ideas - Pre K-5

Assist Dual Language Learners and Others Who Would Benefit from Speaking and Listening Activities

Presented by Sally Grimes, Ed.M.

The instructor will demonstrate practical activities such as “The Talking Table,” the “Describing Hierarchy,” Dialogic Reading, Questioning techniques and the “Thirty Second Conversation.” The presenter will suggest groupings and scaffolding techniques along with ideas for involving parents in oral language activities. These topics will be addressed:

  • How to help children elaborate on ideas and organize their thoughts using hands-on materials, music and art as they respond to questions, write and/or retell.
  • How to form flexible groups for the “pre-teach, teach, re-teach” activities
  • How to use “Morning Meeting Time” for Oral Language Development
  • How to provide language modeling and a “rich language” classroom
  • What does “code switching” mean?
  • How to maintain and enhance the language and cultures of the children by involving parents and caregivers
  • Cognates and other information (e.g. from WIDA) will be emphasized
  • The participants will learn ways to choose vocabulary words with high utility that are used in many genres. In addition, ways to integrate both explicit and implicit teaching techniques will be described.

The focus is on “meeting students where they are.” Because the presenter has a long history in the areas of Special Education, Literacy and Language Development, these areas form a backdrop to the workshop wherein differentiated instruction and “prevention-early intervention” are underlying tenets. Information about resources such as key websites, articles and curricula will be provided.

About the Presenter:

Sally has served in a variety of positions in the fields of Literacy and Language both teaching and providing professional development to administrators and teachers.

Sally has taught at levels ranging from pre-school to graduate school, performed clinical/educational evaluations, has worked with migrant workers, and served as Landmark School’s first Admissions Director. She is approved by the Commonwealth as a Trainer of Trainers for Social Emotional Development and English Learners.

Sally received her Master’s Degree in Reading and Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

February 1, 2018 3-8 PM (Snow Date: February 8)


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