Oral Narrative: Why It Matters

Children who start school with poor English language skills are more likely than their peers to have academic, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in later years, a new study has found.

This was reported recently in the Times Educational Supplement and based on a study by University College London and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Alarmingly, the research also revealed that many of these children still fell below their class average; after Year 2 poor outcomes persisted.

Professor Courtenay Norbury, a psychology researcher said that it is imperative that teachers identify early on which children have poor English proficiency, and offer them extra support. Professor Norbury stressed that “Oral language proficiency is a key predictor of early school success for all children”

This is also highlighted in a study published last year by The British Psychological Society based on a 3 year study in Italy.

The chatta process promotes oral narrative and teaches children skills which allow them to quickly develop fluent and articulate speech. Recent research has demonstrated that chatta closes the gap in attainment and that the chatta process, training and resources provide a “highly effective intervention” and make a “marked and significant impact.”

Chatta can make a difference for all children, and most importantly those at risk of underperforming and underachieving as they progress through school. If you want to know more, or to take a look at the research and case studies please contact us.

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