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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, discussion, and thinking -- oral language. The student develops oral language through listening, speaking, and discussion.

Use an oral-language checklist during group discussion, learning center activities, or conversational interactions such as lunch, recess, arrival/dismissal, or oral presentations. The checklist might include the following:

The student

  • listens when someone is speaking.
  • asks questions that are on topic.
  • asks questions to help clarify meaning or understanding.
  • answers open-ended questions with multi-word responses.


Listen actively means the students listen with a purpose and comprehend what is being said so they can internalize the speaker's message, allowing them to respond appropriately to questions. Active listeners demonstrate attentive nonverbal behavior such as making eye contact and nodding their heads. (Note: Consideration needs to be given to the cultural backgrounds and individual needs of students.)