Transform Teaching and Learning through Talk: The Oracy Imperative

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Rowman & Littlefield, Dec 28, 2018 - Education - 176 pages
“Reading and writing float on a sea of talk” declared James Britton – and yet in our current education system, where the pressure is on for students to pass written exams, it is all too easily left adrift. How then, as teachers and educators, can we turn the tide and harness the power of talk in our classrooms?

This is not just an educational choice but rather, given students’ vastly different experiences of language, a moral imperative.

Amy Gaunt and Alice Stott’s must-read book serves as a detailed and engaging guide to get talking in class. It blends the academic research and evidence, with first-hand classroom experiences and practical strategies to enable you to unlock the power of oracy in your classroom and equip your students with the speaking skills they need to thrive in the twenty first century.

Transform Teaching and Learning Through Talk describes how to:

  • Identify and teach good talk (and listening!)
  • Build a classroom culture which values talk
  • Create meaningful and authentic contexts for oracy
  • Support your quietest students to speak up too!

This book is a rich resource for teachers, drawing upon key academic research and outlining what this could look like in your classroom. Throughout, the authors share personal insights, engaging anecdotes and tried-and-tested approaches drawn from their experience teaching in primary and secondary classrooms. Whether you teach college-age students or those just starting their journey through school, this book will challenge you to think deeply about what you can do integrate oracy into your practice.

From inside the book


1 Take Speaking Seriously
2 Know What Makes Good Talk
3 Deconstruct and Teach Discussion
4 Remember You Cant Talk about Nothing
5 Structure Oracy
6 Elevate the Quality of Talk
7 Cultivate Vocabulary
9 Embrace Oracy for Your Quiet Students
10 Talk about Talk
11 Create Authentic Contexts
12 Develop Oracy through Debate
13 Make Meaningful Use of Assessment
About the Authors

8 Teach Listening Too

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Amy Gaunt and Alice Stott lead teaching and learning at Voice 21, a charity dedicated to raising the status of oracy in schools across the UK and worldwide. Over the last two years they have supported thousands of teachers and hundreds of schools across the UK to embrace oracy in their pedagogy and curriculum. Their practice has been shaped by the innovative approaches to oracy developed at School 21, a pioneering 4-18 state school in Stratford, East London.

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