Curriculum - Language Programs

At Peel Language Development School (PLDS) we provide specialised language programs within reduced classroom sizes, to address the individual needs of our students. Comprehensive assessments are completed to set individual language goals, monitor progress and assist with whole school planning. Speech Pathologists work collaboratively with specialist staff, classroom Teachers and Education Assistants. All staff participate in ongoing professional learning to ensure they are kept abreast of current research and educational practice. Our primary focus at Peel Language Development School is to develop each student’s language skills to ensure they reach their full potential. Our language programs cater for individual goals that are developed within the six areas of language outlined below.




Comprehension relates to the ability to understand the meaning of what is spoken and written. It includes active listening skills, following instructions, understanding and answering a variety of questions and understanding word meanings.



Semantics refers to the meanings of words, word knowledge and the relationships between words. It includes labelling of objects and actions, organising objects and pictures into categories, understanding and expressing similarities and differences between items, descriptive language skills, understanding words with multiple meanings and figurative language.



Syntax refers to the way we organise words into sentences according to grammatical rules. It includes knowing and correctly using pronouns, plurals, different tenses for action words and joining words.


Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness refers to the knowledge of the sound structure of words. It involves the ability to think about, identify and manipulate words and sounds. Tasks include rhyming, counting syllables, identifying sounds in words, blending sounds to form words and breaking words down into their individual sounds. These skills serve as the building blocks for literacy development.



Narrative is a term that relates to the telling and retelling of a series of events, which is an important conversational skill. Narrative tasks include telling and retelling procedures and stories, recounting personal experiences and news telling.



Pragmatics is the appropriate use of language and communication skills within a social situation. It includes the awareness of verbal and non-verbal conversational rules, such as eye contact, turn taking, personal space, volume and tone of voice, understanding and expressing emotions and problem solving in the classroom and playground.