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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, discussion, and thinking -- oral language. The student develops oral language through listening, speaking, and discussion.

Use a simple skill test. A simple skill test may be to ask students the following questions and see if they can complete the actions:

  • Go to your desk, get out your pencil and red folder, and write your name on the top of the paper.
  • Stand up, turn once, and jump.
  • Put your hands on your hip and stick out your tongue.

Students must also be able to give oral instructions. In a simple skills test, ask students to do the following:

  • State the steps of a classroom routine (e.g., “What are the steps that you follow when you finish your work? Can you tell me the process for getting your lunch?”).
  • State the steps of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a bowl of cereal. 
Students should be able to follow and repeat the instructions to demonstrate understanding of what the task requires. Students should also be able to provide clear, detailed oral instructions as an important part of working effectively with others to complete structured tasks.

Related 2009 Student Expectation

This student expectation is related to the following SE from the 2009 reading/language arts TEKS.

(28)  Listening and Speaking/Listening. Students use comprehension skills to listen attentively to others in formal and informal settings. Students continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to:
(B)  follow, restate, and give oral instructions that involve a short related sequence of actions.


(29)  Listening and Speaking/Speaking. Students speak clearly and to the point, using the conventions of language. Students continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to share information and ideas that focus on the topic under discussion, speaking clearly at an appropriate pace, using the conventions of language.