Manor Academy

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Y7 & Y8 Literacy - Speaking and Listening

There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation.

James Nathan Miller

This is the strand of literacy that is inarguably used in every single lesson of a student's school career. No lesson can be a success without speaking and listening! At KS4 English, Drama and Performing Arts all include formal assessments of students speaking and listening skills.

Please find below the different areas on which students speaking and listening is assessed, from a literacy perspective:


Talking to others: Talking in a purposeful way to explore ideas and being able to adapt vocabulary according to purpose and audience.


Talking with others: Being able to listen and respond to paired or group talk by making suggestions, comments and using effective questioning.


Talking within role-play and drama: Being able to create and sustain different roles, using a range of dramatic techniques.


Talking about talk: Being able to understand the different ranges and uses of spoken language and commenting on meaning and impact.

An effective speaker is able to speak fluently, develop relevant points, express ideas, feelings, attitudes and use appropriate vocabulary according to purpose and audience.

An effective listener is able to actively listen by being able to respond to paired/group talk, make suggestions and comments and demonstrate effective questioning.

Top tips for top speakers and listeners:

Get involved in the College Productions and College Speaking Competitions!

When listening to any kind of talk, encourage your child to respond to it by asking questions, paraphrasing what was said and giving a general comment.

Encourage your child to improve the vocabulary that they use in general talk , ask them to improve particular words (maybe slang or informal phrases).