ComprehensionOral Language

Comprehension reflects the ability to understand the language that has been read or spoken. Understanding language is critical for success in all curriculum areas and the ability to answer questions of increasing difficulty develops over the years. Parents and teachers commonly misunderstand the difference between social communication and the language required for literacy and learning. When answering comprehension questions, children must focus on the requirements of the instruction or question, rather than what they would like to talk about.