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The links between listening, speaking, reading and writing


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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:28 by NZTecAdmin

The learning progressions describe the development of expertise across the four strands that relate to listening, speaking, reading and writing. Within these strands, progressions have been developed for specific areas of learning, such as vocabulary and comprehension. However, these divisions do not mean that each area of learning is isolated. They overlap one another and, in some cases, certain learning in one progression is a prerequisite for learning in another. The interrelationships between listening and speaking, between reading and writing and between oral and written language mean that no one strand should be considered on its own.

Because of this, the information provided below is presented under general headings that may apply to rogressions in two or more strands. The chart on page 30 illustrates this by showing the common areas between the strands. For example, all four strands have progressions for Vocabulary and for Language and Text Features. To emphasise the strong interrelationship between listening and speaking, the progression for Interactive Listening and Speaking is repeated in both the Listen to Understand and the Speak to Communicate strands.

Adults become aware of their own thinking and learning processes as they become increasingly independent thinkers and learners. This awareness is known as metacognition and is an essential factor in extending learning. Being aware of the links between listening, speaking, reading and writing helps learners to build this metacognition as they transfer what they have learned in one area of literacy learning to others.

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