Language of Learning

Teaching Students Core Thinking, Listening, and Speaking Skills

Margaret Wilson


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Your essential guide for teaching core competencies that every child needs for developing into a highly engaged, self-motivated learner. The Language of Learning offers a practical approach to teaching essential communication skills:

  • Listening and understanding
  • Thinking before speaking
  • Speaking clearly and concisely
  • Asking thoughtful questions
  • Giving high-quality answers
  • Backing up opinions with reasons and evidence
  • Agreeing thoughtfully
  • Disagreeing respectfully

Read the foreword by Lora Hodges.

“A practical guide to teaching students the art of speaking and listening…an excellent resource for moving children into thoughtful, robust discussions.”
—Lynn McKay, Teacher Effectiveness Coach, Denver Public Schools


  • Skills Chapters on Listening, Speaking, Questioning, Crafting an Argument, and Agreeing and Disagreeing Respectfully
  • Practical Teaching Strategies for developing each skill in a way that integrates seamlessly with your existing curriculum
  • Common Core Connections charts listing K–6 Speaking and Listening Standards addressed by each chapter
  • Teaching Timeline suggesting when to introduce each skill
  • Sample Letters to Parents about ways to extend their child’s learning at home
  • Discussion Questions that will help deepen your learning

Free discussion questions now available! These chapter-by-chapter questions will deepen your learning and help you apply the book’s strategies to your own setting.

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Copyright ©2014 Center for Responsive Schools, Inc
Item #: 194
Length: 216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-892989-61-1