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Oral Language - telephone conversations

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Headed back to school this week and want to get oral language going in your classroom try telephone conversations.

Children will love this activity having mock conversations with the teacher to start with and then with their friends in the classrooms.  Create a scenario such as "The school principal phoning the child's parent to say that their child has been seen spending large amounts of money at the dairy on the way to school."  "The netball coach phoning to say that because you have missed practice this week you will not be able to play in the match on Saturday."

Children very quickly get into reasoning through situations.  

This is also an excellent way to teach children to write direct speech using correct punctuation.  Have them record the convesation as it is spoken.  They don't have trouble starting a new line for each person speaking or putting in correct punctuation eg exclamation marks, question marks.


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