Oracy: what is it and what do I need to do about it?

Understand what oracy is, why it's important for all schools and how to develop it in your setting.

Last reviewed on 25 October 2023
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  1. What is oracy?
  2. Why is it important to develop oracy skills?
  3. Where to start
  4. Tips for teachers
  5. See how other schools are implementing oracy

What is oracy?

Oracy is the use of verbal interaction (dialogue) to develop pupils':

  • Skills in using spoken language
  • Understanding and use of vocabulary
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others

 It can take the form of oral language interventions, and is also known as "speaking and listening".

 Examples of oracy in the classroom can include:

  • Pupils recalling or repeating facts, information or passages of text
  • Pupils explaining concepts
  • Classroom discussion
  • Structured questioning to deepen understanding

Why is it important to develop oracy skills?

The benefits of oracy can include:

Oracy can be even more important when another language is spoken at home, so consider how to approach this with your pupils who have English as as additional language (EAL). Our article

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