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Seminar Series - Paying lip-service to speaking and listening skills: Oral storytelling and the hegemony of literacy practices in primary school

Date: 19 March 2014 Time: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Venue: B.89 County South

Seminar Series

Dr Rebecca Hibbin

Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University

Paying lip-service to speaking and listening skills: Oral storytelling and the hegemony of literacy practices in primary school

The oral re-telling of traditional tales, modelled by a storyteller and taught to children in school, can be understood as 'non-instrumental' practice in speaking and listening that emphasises oral language skills over the reading and writing of stories. While oral storytelling has significant benefits to children's education and development, it is under-utilized within Primary Education in the UK, despite the overt value given to speaking and listening skills in curriculum materials.

I suggest that speaking and listening skills are implicitly devalued as a result of the elevation of literacy-based practice connected to assessment procedures and the post-88 performativity of the standards agenda. Children with poor oral language skills are disadvantaged in school as a result. Teachers need to experience oral storytelling to use it effectively as a pedagogic tool and there is a lack of training for teachers and support within the curriculum for such creative and dialogic teaching methods.

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