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Speech and Language in the Classroom

Junior Language Link

What is Junior Language Link?

Junior Language Link is an innovative multimedia package that includes a standardised assessment and an extensive range of resources as well as offering practical suggestions on how to manage language difficulties within the mainstream classroom.

What does Junior Language Link offer?

Junior Language Link offers schools a number of benefits:

  • Identification of pupils with difficulty understanding higher level aspects of language
  • Tailored intervention with universal, targeted and specialist support recommendations
  • Ability to track language development through Key Stage 2
  • Evidence of progress for school inspection.
  • Development of higher level language skills such as verbal reasoning and inferencing to support independent thinking and reading comprehension.
  • Improvement of the skill mix through training and support for teachers and TAs
  • A wide range of resources for every classroom
  • Engagement of parents through information and programmes
  • EAL pupils can be included to determine their understanding of English in the classroom. The website provides information and resources to support the development of English for the classroom.

How do I get Junior Language Link?

Call our help desk on 0333 577 0784 or 01227 811835

You can buy online and view our current UK pricing and special offers in the Pricing Section.

Standardised Language Assessments

The standardised assessments are used with adult supervision to examine key areas of understanding. Results are reported as standard scores enabling staff to compare a pupil’s level of understanding to others of the same age. The results identify children requiring school based support and those who require discussion with the speech and language therapy service.

These areas of understanding are targetted: Concept Vocabulary, Verb Tenses, Negatives, Complex Grammatical Sentences, Narrative Inferences, Figurative Language, Association with slight variations depending on the age of the child.

Reports and Provision Maps

Reports can be generated from the assessment and intervention data. These reports chart the levels of understanding of language for a whole class or cohort of pupils and enable schools to identify the general language levels of that year group. The needs of each cohort are presented in a provision map enabling the teacher to include the necessary strategies into their lesson planning.

Repeat testing allows schools to track progress though Key stage 2 and offers evidence of in school improvement.

Tailored Interventions

Following the assessment, a pupil support plan is generated identifying the appropriate level of support needed for each pupil. Pupils will be recommended for classroom support and may be recommended for small group intervention.

The support plan includes:

  • Universal whole class strategies
  • Targeted differentiations strategies for identified areas of language
  • Specialist small group activities

For example:

  1. The screening tool identifies Pupil ‘B’ with difficulties understanding language.
  2. The teacher views the pupil’s individual profile of results
  3. Classroom strategies are recommended
  4. The pupil is recommended for the ‘Language Structure’ language group
  5. Outcomes of interventions can be added online and feed into the pupil’s profile
  6. Relevant hand-outs for parents are recommended.

Resources

Junior Language Link includes an extensive bank of resources and planned language groups enabling support staff to work with small groups of pupils effectively.

A wide range of picture resources and visual support materials for the classroom and for parents is included.