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Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nona te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te matauranga, nona te ao.  Ko Kakanui te maunga, ko Taieri te awa, ko Maniototo te Rohe, Ko Del Costello ahau.

Del Costello is the Principal Consultant for The Speaking Company, a consultancy that provides oral language training and development across multiple sectors.  TalKit Oral Language is the brand name for the programmes that support the primary and secondary education sector.  As a NZ Ministry of Education Accredited Facilitator, and an Associate Consultant with Cognition Education,  Del has been identified as having the skills that are required to provide oral language professional learning and development (PLD) to schools throughout the country.

Del has worked in this space for the last 15 years. As a student of the University of Canterbury, studying towards a Masters in Education (eLearning specialisation) she is focused on keeping up to date with the current pedagogical theories, the needs of teachers at the coal face and all the learners in our diverse communities. She has a special interest in digital/eLearning and how it can be used as a tool to enhance oracy skills.

“Oral language teaching has been an area that has provided challenges for the classroom teacher.  We all need to communicate and oral language is the most dominant communication context humans have.  Poor oracy skills have a massive impact on school achievement, confidence, relationships and wellbeing and in many communities the lack of these skills is creating huge challenges”

In addition to her work with schools and corporates, Del is an examiner for Speech New Zealand (Speech, Drama, Communication and Professional Speaking) and a keen blogger/vlogger.

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