Posts by Jannie van Hees

Conversational classrooms

You might have discussed in recent times with your teaching and educational colleagues, or with your students’ family members, or with your contacts in the community, a concern about the struggle many children and youth have in expressing ideas orally with fluency and confidence. You may have remarked on their sometimes-faltering manner of speaking and…

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Oral language – to think, shape, convey ideas

‘The limits of my language means the limits of my world’ (Wittgenstein, 1922). Ponder on this a little. Conceptual and cognitive growth depends on language availability. Language availability grows conceptual and cognitive capabilities. He also said,˜Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it’ (1915). Now ponder about what we call…

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