Language development is central to students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth, and should be seen as a key element of the curriculum. The language curriculum is based on the belief that literacy is critical to responsible and productive citizenship. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve this goal.
For primary students language comes from listening and speaking with others, being read to by adults, and interacting with media texts such as advertisements, television programs, video games, songs, photographs, and films. The expectations for language build upon the prior knowledge and experience that students bring to classrooms from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Real, purposeful talk is not only an essential component of the language curriculum, it needs to be threaded throughout a student’s day and across the curriculum so students are able to make important connections to the real world.