Language skills

How does a student use language in school?

Language is divided into two sections - receptive and expressive. 

  • Receptive language skills include a student's ability to take in the information around them; whether it is spoken, written, heard or seen. 
  • Expressive language skills are the student's ability to apply meaning to their world and experiences in a way that others can understand it.  There are many ways students express themselves in school including verbal, non-verbal (body language) and written language. 

Processing is the key to making language work for each student.  It is the link between receptive and expressive language.  A student needs to be able to understand what is being taught in the classroom and express their understanding in a meaningful way.