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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds To do any form of peer learning, we need to think about enhancing social and communication skills with students. The younger the students are, the more emphasis will need to be placed on enhancing these skills. We devised a series of activities that can be used with a wide age range of students to develop social and communication skills. There’s a booklet of activities for each. We’ll ask you to try some of them out with your students to help enhance their peer learning experiences.

Enhancing Communication and Social Skills

Below you will find two manuals. One has activities aimed at improving social skills and the other has activities aimed at improving communication skills of children in your classroom/care.

Activities included within these booklets are used with children alongside their training in paired reading. Activities aim to develop students’ tutoring by building up their listening, speaking, questioning, helping and discussion skills.

These resources can be found in PDF downloadable format below.

Below is an activity from the Communication Skills booklet.


Danger Island and Moonwalk Activities

Within the Communication Skills booklet there are activities that are used with children, including Escape from Danger Island and Moonwalk.

Find a colleague with whom you can try the ‘Danger Island’ activity and a group of four people who would be willing to take part in the ‘Moonwalk’ activity.

Undertake the activities.

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