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Developing students’ dialogue skills and cultural literacy: Introducing the DIALLS project

DIALLS started as a three-year project funded by the European Commission.  Its goal was to support the development of children’s dialogue skills and cultural literacy, which we define as a ‘dialogic social practice’.  Tolerance, empathy and inclusion were placed at the heart of learning to live together, to be socially responsible and understand how we belong.  The Cultural Literacy Learning Programme “CLLP”  developed a 10-session programme using short films as a stimulus for discussions about cultural themes.  There are resources for KS1, KS2 and KS3.  In addition to a wonderful set of films, there are prompt cards to guide discussion and a clear progression for learning dialogue skills.  The short professional development films have been designed to focus your thinking on what cultural literacy means; how to encourage dialogue in the classroom; and how wordless films are a wonderful resource to use.

Following the completion of the first project, a second project was launched to create a national network of schools and teachers who are using the DIALLS materials in their classes.  This project also sought to work with teachers who were part of the original project in new and innovative ways.

This webinar will introduce the DIALLS resources available and bring together teachers from different settings to share their experiences of implementing DIALLS in their schools.  The webinar will also introduce the new bitesize learning unit, available to Chartered College Members only, to help you reflect on how the research evidence from DIALLS might relate to your own context.

Presentations will be given by: Fiona Maine (DIALLS Principal Investigator), Katie Glenister-Soós (Key Stage 2 Teacher, University of Cambridge Primary School) and Cecilia Del Corso (EY and Key Stage 1 Teacher, Morley Memorial Primary School, Cambridge).

Our Presenters

Fiona Maine is Professor of Language and Literacy in Education at the University of Exeter.  She is a primary teacher at heart and has spent many years working alongside teachers to support them as they develop their literacy practices. Her research broadly investigates the dialogic interactions of children as they make meaning together from visual, moving image and digital narratives, and it highlights the possibilities afforded by working with non-verbal and ambiguous texts in the classroom. Fiona was the principal investigator for the EC Horizon 2020 project, Dialogue and Argumentation for Cultural Literacy Learning in Schools ( which ran from 2018-2021. She subsequently led a DIALLS follow-up impact project in 2022 funded by ESRC. This recent project aimed to widen and deepen DIALLS impact by partnering with the Chartered College of Teaching to reach more schools and working with experienced DIALLS teachers to focus on boosting the confidence of reluctant whole-class talkers. She is the author of Dialogic Readers: Children talking and thinking together about text.

Katie Glenister-Soós – Teacher, Assessment Data Lead, Senior Leader, University of Cambridge Primary School Katie studied German and History as an undergraduate degree at the University of Chester, with a particular interest in oral history and the impact of language contact and influence in popular society. Following her work at an inclusive school in Germany, she completed a PGCE Primary with a  specialism in languages at the University of East Anglia. Katie has worked across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire as a KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 teacher and currently Assessment & Data Lead at the University of Cambridge Primary School, where she has participated in a number of research projects and studies centred around oracy and dialogue amongst primary-aged children.

This is a FREE event for Chartered College members (log in to MyCollege and register here)

Non members book on the link below = £30 (plus fees)

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October 13, 2022
4:30 pm
- 5:30 PM

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