SPOKEN ANNOUNCEMENTS STUDY
Designed to support a school trip to Red Funnel Ferries
ENGLISH Key Stage 3
Variants: High Ability students
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Whilst on board, students will listen carefully to any announcements which are delivered over the public address system and record any key vocabulary which is specific to maritime travel. The resource task will also enable them to acquire a knowledge of the linguistic conventions of spoken language as they will later carry out a study of one of the announcements, which will have been delivered on board.
Prior to their visit, children may have recapped the differences between standard and non-standard English (which will have been introduced in key stage two). They may also have investigated the differences between formal and informal registers.
When pupils arrive back at school, they will be provided with a transcript of one of Red Funnel’s spoken announcements. They will complete an analysis of the text (see activity resource sheet) and discuss why a safety announcement has to be delivered in this format.
Following this, they will need to think about the diverse range of passengers who travel on Red Funnel ferries and generate ideas as to which passengers may not be able to access the information delivered over the public address system. They will then have to consider
how people (such as younger children) who have severe hearing impairments (and who are unable to read) could be provided with the information.
Pupils will then be tasked with investigating different forms of written communication (focusing particularly on the use of symbols). They could study hieroglyphs (as a system used in the past) and Makaton (a system used today).
Pupils will be asked to generate their own symbolic communication system which young children can interpret. They will translate the spoken announcement into this format, trying to ensure that the meaning is retained.
Key Skills Practised
Understanding the linguistic conventions of spoken language
Adapting language and style in a range of contexts
Writing for a specific audience/purpose
During the Visit
Students listen to the content of spoken announcements and record key words and other relevant information.
Students study the spoken word in context. They recognise how standard English and formal registers are used for a specific purpose. They will know how language and organisational features present meaning.
Students will recognise the features (and structure) of spoken announcements. They will demonstrate their understanding of standard English/use of formal tone. Students will demonstrate their skills of communication.
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