Book Chapter

Building knowledge about oral language skills into teacher practice and initial teacher education

PA Eadie, H Stark, PC Snow

Educating Australia: Challenges for the decade ahead | Melbourne University Press | Published : 2017


In this chapter we argue that teachers of young children commencing school are responsible for enriching their students' oral language skills (speaking and understanding) and developing their literacy skills (reading and writing). This is an uncontroversial statement, given the central place that language, literature and literacy have within the Australian English Curriculum (ACARA 2012). Yet historically, oral language skills have been overlooked as developmental precursors to reading and writing skills, and determinants of longer-term academic outcomes, as well as social and emotional well-being.