Language for Learning

READING POSTERWhy is Language for Learning important?

Language for learning is a concept built on the belief that a student’s vocabulary is their ‘communication toolbox’, where every word is a tool, ready to be used at the right time. The more tools they master, the better their chances are of finding the right one for the communication task at hand.

By enabling students to develop their vocabulary, the student’s comprehension will improve and ultimately help to develop all areas of their communication such as listening, speaking, reading and writing. This will be key to their success at school.

The design of the new reformed GCSE papers means that students must have an average reading age of 15 years and 7 months in order to access their content.

Dirk Foch, MD of Renaissance Learning said: “… most educators make the basic assumption that students are able to read and comprehend an exam text. Some students are not only failing to access the curriculum, but they are failing to comprehend key course and exam texts”.

“No matter how much enthusiasm or aptitude they might have in Chemistry, for example, how can a child with a reading age of just above 10 be expected to comprehend a chemistry exam with a reading age of 15 and do well in it? Exam success depends on a child’s ability to read at the right chronological level