Oral Language Strategies

Oral language strategies are skills and procedures that are used to improve language skills in students.

This is an introduction to some of the procedures and methods used.

These pages are the nuts and bolts of speechlanguage-resources website.

It is the intervention style and methods we use that help determine how effective our therapy is. I favour text-based intervention, but it is not the best method for every student.

Other methods, such as traditional oral language techniques, can be highly effective as well. I have found that using a combination of techniques is the best way of making lasting change in a student's language abilities.

Please click on the links for a more detailed discussion of the two approaches.

Oral language intervention

Clinician-directed approach

This is perhaps the method of language intervention that is most used today. Follow the link for a break down of this intervention approach, plus a discussion of its pro's and con's.

Oral language intervention

Text-based Intervention

Text-based intervention is based on a holistic philosophy of learning. Not without its flaws, text-based intervention has much to offer as a language intervention strategy.


DeKemel, K.P. (2003) Intervention in Language Arts: A Practical Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists. Butterworth-Heinemann.

Kaderavek, J.N. (2011) Language Disorders in Children: Fundamental Concepts of Assessment and Intervention, Allyn & Bacon

Kaderavek, J & Justice, L.M. (2002) Shared Storybook Reading as an Intervention Context: Practices and Potential Pitfalls. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Vol 11. 395-406.

Paul, R. (2006) Language Disoders form Infancy through Adolescence. Assessment and Intervention. Mosby

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