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ERIC Number: EJ764334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Assessing Children's Oral Storytelling in Their First Year of School
Riley, Jeni; Burrell, Andrew
International Journal of Early Years Education, v15 n2 p181-196 Jun 2007
This paper discusses a micro-study within an intervention project, conducted in four London primary schools, to enhance the spoken language skills of reception children. There were 60 children in each of the intervention and comparison groups. The focus here is to explore a classroom assessment of young children's oral narrative skills. Effective early language and literacy teaching with children from diverse backgrounds depends upon having detailed knowledge of children's oral skills, especially oral narrative skills, since the ability to narrate and report is a vital skill for future academic success and is highly correlated with later fluency in reading. Teachers need detailed descriptions of their pupils' spoken language skills and this is especially important where populations are diverse. A story retelling activity, developed and used extensively in New Zealand, gives teachers information about their pupils' language skills on entry to school. This procedure ("Tell Me") can be used in the normal course of classroom teaching and its evaluation for use in the UK is the focus of the present study. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; United Kingdom (London)