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6 Easy Ways to Improve Turn & Talk for Student Language Development

Children are partnered up to take turns listening and speaking

Children’s Literacy Initiative (July 2017)

By Michele Coulombe

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Turn and Talk, in which children are partnered up to take turns listening and speaking with one another, is a common classroom practice with many benefits. It allows children to share their thinking with one another and it helps children develop their oral language skills and the pragmatics, or social conventions, of discourse. Turn and Talk also provides you with an excellent opportunity to be intentional and explicit about teaching speaking and listening skills. This article spotlights several increasingly sophisticated strategies you can use to support children’s oral language development over time through the practice of Turn and Talk.

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