The function of communicative factors in a school syllabus is increasingly recognized. This article explores the implications of the use of the vernacular in a Moroccan school contexts for pupils' pedagogical as well as psychological development. Analysis of teachers' reports on the exclusive use of the Standard in a school context reveals concern over the decline inpupil participation in class. There is also evidence of higher rates of pupils’performance when the teacher chooses to switch to the vernacular.

To assist pupils in dealing with problems of subject-matter processing, it is recommended that the vernacular be introduced at the earlier stages of the child's schooling.The pedagogical focus here is on the development of the child's skills in reciprocal, immediate response communication.