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Classroom Talk in Practice: Teachers' Experiences of Oracy in Action

Knight, Rupert



Purposeful classroom talk, or oracy, is increasingly recognised as fundamental for supporting both personal and academic development and for enhancing genuine participation in learning. Based on classroom observations and interviews, this book offers an analysis of schools’ responses to improving the quality of both learning to talk and talking to learn.

The book explores classroom talk through the analysis and comparison of examples drawn from diverse schools and age groups, across primary and secondary education settings. Alongside a wealth of practical strategies, the book offers an insight into the realities of implementation, helping teachers to make well-informed judgments about developing classroom talk within their own schools.

This book features:
Examples of lesson activities and resources, accompanied by explanations and advice from practitioners

Vivid depictions of real classroom practice with comprehensive analysis linked to up-to-date research and theory

Questions and prompts to promote reflection on the reader’s own context

An emphasis on teachers’ professional judgement and informed implementation of oracy practices

A holistic and accessible resource, this book is aimed at experienced, early career and student teachers, as well as other education professionals.


Knight, R. (2022). Classroom Talk in Practice: Teachers' Experiences of Oracy in Action. Open University Press

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Nov 24, 2022
Deposit Date Feb 28, 2023
Publisher Open University Press
ISBN 9780335250035
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