Expressive Language

Expressive language skills include verbal and non-verbal communication to get a message across to someone else.

It includes:

  • Learning and using new vocabulary, including abstract words and concepts
  • Expressing wants, needs, thoughts and emotions using verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Putting words together into sentences
  • Forming long, complex, and grammatically accurate sentences
  • Answering questions


Useful websites: – to understand more about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

Thinking Talking Vocabulary Resources – free word games for schools and families

ICAN Talking Point – support for parents/carers and professionals


Links to resources and activities:

Vocabulary Activities – to support word learning skills

Word Web – learning new words

Narrative Skills – to support children and young people to describe a sequence of events, e.g. storytelling, sharing news

Forming simple sentences – visual support to produce subject-verb-object sentences


Useful Documents:

Teacher Questionnaire for Language

Teacher Questionnaire for Speech