A ny language is difficult and easy. Language serves many purposes. Absence of language is mere dearth of communication.
Table of Contents Chapter 1. It is through language that we are civilized. One could argue that nothing is more important to the human species than that.
Language permits its users to pay attention to things, persons and events, even when the things and persons are absent and the events are not taking place. Language gives definition to our memories and, by translating experiences into symbols, converts the immediacy of craving or abhorrence, or hatred or love, into fixed principles of feeling and conduct.
Vygotsky suggested that thinking develops into words in a number of phases, moving from imaging to inner speech to inner speaking to speech. Tracing this idea backward, speech—talk—is the representation of thinking.
As such, it seems reasonable to suggest that classrooms should be filled with talk, given that we want them filled with thinking! Teachers have long understood the importance of using language to transmit ideas.
In the early history of education, teachers talked for most of the instructional day while students were quiet and completed their assigned tasks.
Students were expected to memorize facts and be able to recite them. Remember that in most classrooms of the late s, the age range was very diverse. In the same classroom, teachers might have students who were 5 or 6 years old and others who were 15 to Talking by students was not the norm.
In fact, students were punished for talking in class, even if the talk was academic! Over time, educators realized that students had to use the language if they were to become better educated.
As a result, well-intentioned educators called on individual students to respond to questions. Teachers expected them to use academic language in their individual responses, and as students spoke, teachers would assess their knowledge.
Consider the following exchange from a 3rd grade class. As you read it, think about how much academic language was used: I was thinking about the life cycle of an insect.
Do you remember the life cycle we studied? What was the first stage in the life cycle? Yes, things are born, but think about the life cycle of insects.
What is the first stage in the insect life cycle? Yes, insects start as eggs. Then they change and develop.
They become larva after eggs, right? What happens to them after they are larva? They do eventually become adults, but there is a step missing.
What is the step between larva and adults? What is that stage of the life cycle called? Yes, there are two kinds of larva in the life cycle of some insects. But what I was thinking about was what happened to them after the larva before they become adults. Do the insects that change into nymphs come from larva?
There is a three-stage process and a four-stage process. One student at a time is talking while the others listen or ignore the class.
Second, the teacher is clearly using a lot of academic language, which is great. We know that teachers themselves have to use academic discourse if their students are ever going to have a chance to learn. Third, the balance of talk in this classroom is heavily weighted toward the teacher.
If we count the number of words used, minus the student names, the teacher used words, whereas the students used This means that 94 percent of the words used in the classroom during this five-minute segment were spoken by the teacher.
In addition, if we analyze the types of words used, half of the words spoken by the students were not academic in nature. Students need more time to talk, and this structure of asking them to do so one at a time will not significantly change the balance of talk in the classroom.
As you reflect on this excerpt from the classroom, consider whether you think that the students will ever become proficient in using the language.Aug 14, · Reading Writing Listening Speaking- The Four Necessities in Language This short essay was written as an article for my students' English Corner and it is not at all considered as an in-depth analysis of the four language skills.
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