Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening, including the development of oral language skills, are an important part of literacy for all children.

Speaking and Listening is part of the general education curriculum in English in the state of Victoria, Australia. It is organized into four areas of knowledge, and includes listening skills throughout:

  • Communicating Orally (Ability to Learn Oral Language) addresses the necessary skills and their prerequisites for the acquisition of oral language.
  • Purposes of Communication addresses the use of oral language within our social communications.
  • Conventions of Language addresses the rules governing the sounds, sentences and genres of oral language.
  • Ideas Communicated addresses the meanings of words, sentences, discourse and topics of language.

Each area also has suggested teaching strategies, as well as indicators of progress tied to each standard.