Oral language: How we communicate with others and interact with the world around us sets the stage for all of our subsequent learning. Structured teaching for oral language development has powerful outcomes for student learning across all content areas.

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Using Language Readers (video)

Here is a video clip of 2nd -5th grade new comer group using the Language Readers during a language intervention small group. This video was part of the presentation delivered at Reading Recovery of North America Annual Conference titled: Why Focus on Language Structures


Welcome to the new Oral Language Development website

Our work with teachers over the past several years has highlighted the need to address both the quality and frequency of student talk in classrooms. Providing all students with equitable access to oral language development is critical to closing the opportunity gap.  The emphasis that the Common Core State Standards has placed on oral language has provided us with a platform to take the work to a broader audience.  The New Teacher Center wishes to express its appreciation for the vital support it has received from the Hewlett Foundation for this important project.

The intent of this website is to help you explore ways to think deeply and specifically about oral language in your classroom, across grade levels and the school curriculum. You can examine explicit strategies and structures to support oral language development, download tools and resources to support your own instruction, assess students using our observation protocol, and join the conversation about these strategies and resources with other teachers. We hope that everything on this site will contribute powerfully to the refinement and transformation of your teaching practice.