Date
20 November 2019

Provide support and options for students to express what they know

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Using whole-class strategies to support students with speech, language and communication needs in years 1–8’

Utilise role play across the curriculum

Utilise role play across the curriculum

Role play creates authentic opportunites to practice being a good conversation partner.

Offer options for sharing learning

Offer options for sharing learning

Provide a range of ways for students to express what they know. Ask students which approaches they would like as regular options.

Hands-on learning

Hands-on learning

Hands-on learning in authentic contexts supports students with understanding, recording, sharing, and articulating their learning.

Support success in assessments

Support success in assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in tests and assessments.

Talk about:

  • possible barriers created by the physical environment: unfamiliar layout of room, lighting, temperature
  • possible barriers created by the design of materials: cluttered presentation, hard-to-read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copies only
  • ways to manage time allocations such as using visual timers
  • negotiating breaks and extra time
  • managing anxiety through mindfulness, positive self-talk, and identifying solutions to anticipated problems prior to the assessment
  • using digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text
  • pre-teaching specific test skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Publisher: Jacqui Sharp

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

Return to the guide “Speech, language and communica­tion needs ”

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