HAYLEY MURPHY, DIRECTOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING AND YEAR 2 TEACHER, EVERSFIELD PREPARATORY SCHOOL, UK When using collaborative learning (CL) in Year 2 lessons, I became conscious that the focus was on task outcome and that the students’ collaborative skills were not as effective as they could be. During my Year 2 CL lesson in history, I critically observed and reflected that my students lacked oracy skills to support them to deal with issues such as conflict management, negotiating, depth of answers and free-riding. Le et al. (2018) linked teachers’ failure to explicitly share collaborative oracy skills with students’ failure to identify with CL and with them only aiming for task completion. Therefore, this was an area of pedagogical practice that I set out to develop. As identified in the Oracy Skills Framework (OSF) and Glossary (Oracy Cambridge, 2019), there are four oracy areas that students need to develop: social and emotional physical cognitive linguisti
Oracy skills development for collaborative learning
Written by: Hayley Murphy
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An extremely well conducted piece of action research (AR) that has shown significantly positive results in practice. This is exactly why teachers should engage in AR and share their findings as a matter of every day professional development…and why headteachers should encourage it.