Speaking is a skill that needs to be taught

While no one would ever question the need to teach a child to read, all too often it is assumed that speaking is a skill that doesn’t require teaching – instead, children should just ‘pick it up’. But not all children will. (Stott, Gaunt).

Neil Mercer explains that school is the second chance for those who do not gain language development at home.

If we don’t teach them, who will?


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