Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Adolescence

Speech, language and communication are the foundation and building blocks for basic literacy and numeracy skills and are integral to understanding, learning and achievement in all curriculum subjects. There is a growing body of research which has identified students with behavioural difficulties as having undetected speech, language or communication needs. Speech, language and communication needs in adolescents are associated with poor academic performance, social and emotional difficulties and poor peer relationships. This resource provides information on the importance of speech, language and communication in adolescence.

The Vocabulary Enrichment Programme: An Intervention to Improve Vocabulary Skills with First Year Students

Speech, language and communication skills are an integral part of literacy. The adapted Vocabulary Enrichment Programme (VEP) is a school based, whole class intervention that supports development of oral vocabulary skills in adolescents. This research project aimed to evaluate if the programme would be successful in improving the oral vocabulary skills of first year students in Irish post-primary schools. Four hundred and seven first year students from six NBSS partner schools received the intervention in 2013. This report presents the findings from this research project.