Oral Language

The Emerging Literacy Working Group are currently developing resources to support the development of Oral Language.

Oral Language underpins the development of literacy, language and communication.

CLICK HERE – Expressive Language – CLICK HERE Developmental Continuum
CLICK HERE – Understanding of Language – CLICK HERE Developmental Continuum

To support early language development, access the Words Up Key Messages by clicking the following link:

CLICK HERE – Words Up Key Messages

Developing Pre-Teaching Vocabulary is one way to support the development of Oral Language across the school years.

How do you teach new vocabulary to learners? 


The Building Vocabulary for Better Literacy PowerPoint within the Literacy Toolkit, suggests that in order to store new words effectively we need knowledge about three key areas:

  1. Word Knowledge (semantics)
  2. Phonological Awareness
  3. Kinaesthetic/ Visual Representation

The Pip St.John – Pre-Teaching Vocabulary resource provides free teaching materials which can be used when teaching learners new vocabulary.

Check it out by clicking the image at the top of this post.

Click the links below to access the Pip St.John – Pre-Teaching Vocabulary posters:
PTV – Step 1 – How we learn new words wheel
PTV – Step 2 – How we learn new words wheel
PTV – Step 3 – How we learn new words wheel

Click the links below for Step 3 cards which can be downloaded and used when using Pre-Teaching Vocabulary to teach new language:



Watch the videos below for examples of Pre Teaching Vocabulary being developed in the classroom, highlighting the use of gesture, repetition, linking to prior knowledge and consolidating phonological awareness to support the teaching of new vocabulary.