People continue to learn new language skills well into adulthood, but the most dramatic language development happens when they are much younger.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING ARE THE FOUNDATION SKILLS FOR READING AND WRITING. To read and write well by the end of third grade - a key to success in school and in life - children must have a solid foundation in oral language. With talking, children encounter sounds, words and language uses that together make a bridge to sounding out words and understanding stories and writing. Academically, children are measured in part by what
they say and how they say it.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING ARE ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL AND LIFE SKILLS THAT ARE VALUED IN SCHOOL AND THE WORLD!!!!!