Oral Communication Lesson Ideas

  • Remember that language is more than spoken or written words. Focus on the concept and the function.
  • Model. Model. Model.
  • Practice concepts and language in real life situations. This is much more effective than drill with flashcards.
  • Generalize the concepts to different situations, people and statements.
  • Repeat attempts made by the student, modelling correct articulation and grammar.
  • Use paralinguistic cues - when teaching big and little, big should be said in a BIG voice.
  • Use a variety of physical, verbal and visual cues.
  • Play Red Light/ Green Light.
  • Play Simon Says.
  • Show students choices at free time and have them use a scripted sentence to request the activitiy they would like.
  • At Sharing Time give students reinforcing comments that they can make.
  • Set up situations where the student can orally deliver a message to another teacher. Make sure this other teacher is aware of the activity so they can support the student and ask clarifying questions if needed.
  • Set up buddy systems with younger students.
  • Create a time line around the classroom - as events occur throughout the year post them and refer to the sequence and order of events. 
  • Practice speaking loudly, softly, quickly or slowly.
  • Make a puppet and have the puppet retell a favourite story or activity.