Oral language encompasses a variety of speaking and listening skills, categorized specifically as formal, informal, and interpretive. Formal language consists of audiovisual presentations, public speaking, and debate; while informal oral language opportunities revolve around group interactions, one-on-one, and impromptu presentations. Interpretative oral language can be seen in the areas of forensics, scripted, and unscripted language. Examples of oral language opportunities for our students can include improvisational speaking, role-playing, drama, book reports, class announcements, interviewing, show and tell, and storytelling among others.


As teachers begin to highlight some of the oral language opportunities and skills which are infused into the curriculum, look for your child to be preparing for formal presentations and practicing the skills in their respective grade levels' rubric.


Click on the links below to download each of the rubrics (pdf format).