Language Matters! Opening Doors to Welcome All

By Coral Cara.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper focuses on the importance of language in inclusive teaching and learning. Since teaching and learning is first and foremost about people, then in this model of practice ‘Language Matters’. To nuture everyone’s personal learning journeys, we have to create access to that learning. Krashen (1981, p.6-7) calls it ‘comprehensible input’ and states that the best methods are those that supply comprehensible input in low anxiety situations, containing messages that allow students to produce when they are ready, recognizing that improvement comes from supplying communicative and comprehensible input, and not from forcing and correcting production. This paper paints a picture of the importance of language in creating that input; the importance of allowing that input to be transformed into personally transformed practice that can and does make a difference to learning. It directly links to the research basis that was used to form the foundation that effective teaching and learning take place when the conditions for learning are conducive for that to occur.

Keywords: Inclusive Teaching and Learning, Effective Pedagogy, Multiliteracies, Languages, Social Competency Based Practices, Access to Learning, Teaching for All

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.267-284. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 891.167KB).

Coral Cara

Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Coral Cara has an extended multi-faceted career in education and is passionate about inclusive accessible education for all. She is an educator, consultant and lecturer across all sectors and levels. Coral is currently working with University preservice teachers using innovative effective teaching and learning strategies that are learner centred and inquiry based. Coral has worked extensively on creating inclusive multimodal teaching and learning that creates engagement, retention and improved outcomes for staff and students.

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