Teaching Communication Strategies to First Graders: A Collaborative Approach Communicative competence requires the ability to negotiate language effectively and to adapt to various speaking contexts at school. It also requires instruction and practice (Berko, Morreale, Cooper, & Perry, 1998). Typically, students are expected to show proficiency in such communicative functions as taking turns, answering and asking questions, problem ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2005
Teaching Communication Strategies to First Graders: A Collaborative Approach
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  • Helen C. Buhler
    Mercy College, DobbsFerry, NY
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Development / School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2005
Teaching Communication Strategies to First Graders: A Collaborative Approach
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, March 2005, Vol. 6, 7-11. doi:10.1044/sbi6.1.7
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, March 2005, Vol. 6, 7-11. doi:10.1044/sbi6.1.7
Communicative competence requires the ability to negotiate language effectively and to adapt to various speaking contexts at school. It also requires instruction and practice (Berko, Morreale, Cooper, & Perry, 1998). Typically, students are expected to show proficiency in such communicative functions as taking turns, answering and asking questions, problem solving, following directions, and cooperating with their peers. In addition, they are expected to talk about events that are increasingly decontextualized (Britton, 1992; Cazden, 1988). Formal instruction in oral communication and listening skills generally has been absent from school curriculum (Cronin, 1993;O’Keefe, 1995). Yet, when teachers were asked to rank order the nine most important skills for kindergarten, social interaction and communication were listed as the fourth and fifth most important skills (Hains, Fowler, Schwartz, Kottwitz, & Rosenkoetter, 1989).
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