At the current round of Emerging Literacy Networks we are sharing the guidance on Information Carrying Words from the Oral Language Toolkit.
The Information Carrying Words guidance sits as part of the Oral Language Toolkit. This will be added to periodically throughout the 2018/2019 session, and updates share through blog posts.
Information carrying words are the words in a sentence that we need to comprehend when following directions or instructions. This is different to the number of words in a sentence, as depending on the context and any contextual clues, some of the words and phrases are not required in order to comprehend. The guidance encourages practitioners to reflect on their interactions to minimise overload.