• story re-tell

    Expressive language refers to how language is used to express wants, needs, feelings, and ideas.   It includes the organization, production, and content of what we are saying. When a student struggles to use vocabulary, formulate sentences, stories, or participate in conversation, it impairs functional communications skills, makes it difficult to communicate effectively, and often leads to communication frustration.


    Students with weak expressive language skills may have:

    -delayed emergence of first words

    -delayed use of two-word combinations (typically by age 2)

    -reduced expressive vocabulary or word retrieval skills

    -reduced sentence length

    -morphology/syntax (grammar) errors

    -difficulty describing or defining

    -weak narrative skills: formulating or re-telling an appropriately sequenced story with all necessary components for listener understanding (e.g. who, when, where, and what occurred)

    -weak discourse skills: using language to inform, persuade, explain, and compare/contrast