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Combatting language poverty: Improving oracy and dialogic skills in schools

Written By: Antony Luby
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Lessons in promoting quality dialogue within schools and combatting the poverty of language
Seven words. ‘I was born into a Celtic family.’ Seven is the number of perfection. The words encapsulate what it means to be a supporter of Celtic Football Club - heritage, culture, and belonging. On 27 May 2017, standing on a rain-sodden Hampden turf, manager Brendan Rogers spoke these words after his “invincible” team had dramatically captured the Treble – Scottish Cup, Premiership and League Cup. With those seven words he unites, as family, millions of supporters rejoicing before their flat screen televisions sited in six of the world’s seven continents. The power of spoken words. Primary steps In the world of education, though, do we recognise this power? Not really, according to emeritus professor Neil Mercer at Cambridge University. Speaking about the establishment of the Oracy Project, he asserts that ‘in many ways oracy is the poor relation in education systems of literacy and numeracy’. Mercer is not alone with his assertion. Just last year I had

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Martha Martha R Cotterell

Hi, this is a great piece! I am referencing it in an action-based research project I am completing – how would I reference this article? I cannot see when it was written!

Alice Kirke

Thank you, Martha! It was written in 2017, so I would reference it as follows:
Luby A (2017) Combatting language poverty: Improving oracy and dialogic skills in schools. Chartered College of Teaching. Available at: (accessed date).

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