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The Power of Talk

An interdisciplinary conference on oracy
When Apr 22, 2016
from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
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Launching the new study centre Oracy@Cambridge, this one-day conference is about recognising the value of good spoken communication in a diverse range of contexts – the arts, education, law, health, social care, counselling, management and other work situations - and considering how to develop a greater awareness amongst practitioners and policy makers of the importance of developing talk skills and of ways this can be pursued in practice. 

There will be presentations by key speakers involved in developing oracy in different contexts. But this will be an interactive conference; delegates will be  invited to share their experience in discussion with each other, contributing to a wider picture of the ways we can put talk to work, what makes spoken interaction more or less effective in particular settings, and how oracy skills can be taught and learned. 

Speakers to include: 

Nick Andrews - Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University. 

Ben Haggarty - The Company of Storytellers 

Alan Howe - Educational Consultant, formerly National Strategies for Education 

Neil Mercer - Director, Oracy@Cambridge and Faculty of Education 

Maria Shinn - Senior Advisor, ACAS 


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Registration closes Friday 1st April 

Registration fee £25 (includes lunch)

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