Developing an understanding of vocabulary and spoken instructions is crucial to a child’s ability to access learning in the classroom and to make sense of the world around them. Through knowing about the typical development of language comprehension (understanding), we can better support those children who are having difficulties and use strategies to encourage their progress.

This training course explains the typical development of language comprehension, focusing on ‘word levels’ and how a child develops an understanding of question words. Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to put your learning into practice and to reflect on how you may use some of your learning within the classroom to support the children you work with.

This pack has been developed by Speech and Language Therapists Laura, Sam and Hannah.

We hope that you enjoy the training.

The Workbook

Start by downloading the workbook here.

You will need to complete this workbook alongside the training course and submit it to your school’s Speech and Language Therapist.

You will receive an email from your school’s Speech and Language Therapist which will detail the deadline for submitting your completed workbook. Please submit by replying to their email with the completed workbook attached.​

The Training

You can now go through our training pack in the slides below.

We have created demo videos to support key parts of the training. When you see a symbol, click it to watch the video! You can also find them all at the bottom of the page.

The  symbol indicates that there is a workbook activity to complete.

If you need any help, please contact your school’s Speech and Language Therapist via email. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have!

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Check out the demo videos!

If you’re having trouble accessing the demo videos, you can find them all here.