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We have a voice! Developing oracy across the geography curriculum

Written by: George Davies-Craine
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GEORGE DAVIES-CRAINE, SUBJECT LEADER FOR GEOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL LEARNING LEAD, DR CHALLONER’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, UK Introduction Oracy is a vital aspect of a student’s education and way of learning, covering all verbal communication skills from presenting and questioning to storytelling, negotiating and listening. Teaching students effective oracy, ensuring that they are able to articulate themselves coherently, is the first step in enabling them to write with clarity and conviction (Newman, 2019). Through this, they are able to access a deeper level of learning and understanding, thinking critically, listening actively and speaking persuasively. While there are various strategies used to support students’ learning, Dockrell et al. (2012) note that oracy is used more frequently than others. This article details original research into the development of oracy across the geography curriculum. During 2022, a study of students’ verbal communication across all key stages in geograp

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