Cambridge Primary – Oracy Lesson – Part #1

Cambridge Primary – Oracy Lesson – Part #1


[intro music]>>NEIL: It’s quite common to find people
haven’t heard of oracy, so we’re really talking about the development of the skills of using
spoken language to get things done in every situation. It was invented to try and give
spoken language skills the same importance as written language skills, literacy, and
the development of mathematical skills, numeracy.>>LUKE: We say our school’s mission is to
create compassionate citizens. What we mean by that is that the children develop to be
intelligent and striving, but also are kind. They develop oracy and dialogue skills, and
they also have playful, enquiring minds.>>LYN: I was working with children at the
time when computers were introduced into classrooms, and we only had one computer in the whole
school. So children had to work in a group, otherwise they wouldn’t have got a go on the
computer. And it was evident that they had no ways to discuss their ideas with one another,
and we did some talk lessons with the children and this made a huge difference to how well
they would do both with the computers, and throughout the rest of the school day. So
it was so convincing, and I’ve been doing that ever since.>>NEIL: You really want young people to appreciate
that when you’re communicating, say, with someone for the first time, you have to take
account of what they know and they don’t know, that you shouldn’t use vocabulary they won’t
understand. That, on the other hand, if you’re talking in a technical setting with other
people, you could use that vocabulary. So those are the sort of things that students
learn in their own language, and can be used in English as well. Children from some backgrounds
especially will come to school without really knowing how to use language for learning,
and this really can set them back. And we now know that language and development of
thinking are much more closely related than used to be before, so that’s another general
reason why I think oracy is really important.>>STUDENT: I think dialogues are important,
because if you don’t have dialogue then no one might really understand us.>>STUDENT: First man on the moon, the communication
is moved between the rocket and the computers. If we couldn’t communicate, then we wouldn’t
know what was happening on board the ship and what to do. [music]

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