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Language within education is the main tool of learning and the way in which children’s understanding is assessed across the curriculum. At the same time it is a subject within its own right.
The English curriculum in school is based on the four interrelated areas of language – speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Talk (i.e. speaking and listening) is encouraged and developed. It is the means by which children form relationships, interact and collaborate, generate ideas, question, express opinions and develop their powers of thinking. The ability to communicate through talk is important for learning in the classroom and social development.