Use this article from School 21 in London to embed oracy into your classroom. Oracy is the ability to speak well. This guide will show you how to create discussion guidelines with your students, guide your students to reach shared agreements, encourage your shy students to speak, and implement discussion roles and structured talk tasks. Plus there's a great video to watch that illustrates some of this strategy.
This article explains why oracy is important and gives ideas for games and activities you can do with your class to improve their talking skills. Some of the ideas include debates, the game 'Taboo', an activity called 'Just a Minute' and another one called 'Secret Post-it Note'. The article also offers easy-to-implement techniques you can use during instruction to improve students' speech.
This packet is filled with oracy-based teaching ideas. Improving students speaking doesn't have to be another thing you have to do. You can quickly adapt the suggestions to instruction you already planned. When talking about ‘developing dialogue’, it refers to getting students to talk about their learning and develop their speaking and listening skills. These practices can include asking and answering questions, discussing ideas, and talking about what they know.
Using the oracy framework which aims to build physical, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional speaking skills, students at School 21 learn to speak on any topic and to any audience. Through this short YouTube video, you can see this framework in action. You will be impressed as I was with the speaking skill sets these young people own.
Oral language development can be a child's most natural and extensive accomplishment. This article, provided by Reading Rockets, offers a summary of language development as well as detail about the mechanics involved. You will find ways to use this knowledge to amplify the discussion and conversation happening in your classroom. As the article tells us, engaged learners are rarely silent.
This link connects you to a thorough presentation on oral language development. It offers extensive information on different language theorists and their philosophy on how children develop language skills. There are also activities described that teachers can include in their instruction to increase oral language development. Within the presentation, there are several links to additional resources and materials that would be helpful on the topic.