Oracy training for all abilities
Fluency and confidence in the English language is not just an essential foundation for learners’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically – but also for success in life.
The ESU’s Discover Your Voice workshops are tailored to learners of all ages and abilities and mapped against the national curriculum’s spoken language statutory requirements providing opportunities for learners to work independently and in groups of different sizes. Customisable to specific curriculum areas or projects, they all build learners’ ability to communicate and reason effectively, to listen, and to understand and respond to others’ points of view.
All our workshops and resources are underpinned by the ESU’s four key verbal communication skill sets:
- reasoning and evidence (R&E)
- listening and response (L&R)
- expression and delivery (E&D)
- organisation and prioritisation (O&P)
Targeted activities allow learners to practice each skill, providing a clear and consistent framework for learning, progression and assessment.
Workshops are led by our team of university under and post-graduates, all experienced debaters and public speakers. They are recruited from a range of disciplines and not only share their knowledge and passion for language but also act as positive role models.
We offer four workshops for learners aged 7+, including performing, public speaking, debating, and oracy
Whether your learners are beginners or more advanced, our workshops help them to develop and hone their oracy skills whilst building their confidence
‘We’re not usually allowed to talk in class, but debating is all about talking. The subjects are interesting and different to what you usually talk about, too. It’s really fun and it gives you loads of confidence – it’s made me less shy.’
Alice, Year 7 Discover Your Voice participant
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