Language is at the core of most learning throughout the school years and is a key factor in satisfactory interpersonal-social relationships. Being able to express one’s ideas fluently is an important aspect of participating in classroom activities and discussions, and benefits a student’s ongoing learning. Students who have difficulty communicating their ideas effectively may be inhibited in their ability to relate to others, to demonstrate their knowledge and skills effectively, or to use language to enhance their understanding of what they are learning. Students with such difficulties may exhibit performance anxiety related to language tasks and/or aggressive or avoidance behaviors when in classroom discussions or social interactions. This chart describes some important skills related to communicating ideas fluently.

Necessary SubSkills Common Obstacles Helpful Tips
Student is able to express his/her ideas orally, such as in classroom discussions and when called on in class. Student has difficulty when expressing him/herself orally, for example does not organize his/her ideas well during classroom discussions or is hesitant when called on in class. view
Student is able to actively think through a problem, employing techniques such as applying known strategies to novel problems or adjusting strategies while working through a problem Student has difficulty reasoning through a problem, or difficulty using strategies effectively during problem solving view