One of the areas that the school is increasingly focussed on is Oracy. For those who may not be familiar with this word, it means, “the ability to express oneself fluently and grammatically in speech”.
Historically, a lot of education has concentrated on the written word. Examinations throughout school and university have always been about producing answers in written form whilst sitting at a desk. As the world develops however, this skill is decreasingly important. Even in our high-technology world, the ability to communicate verbally with others plays a crucial role in the workplace and in social situations.
The term “oracy” only came into use in the 1960’s, yet many leading schools are now giving it higher and higher priority. This has also been endorsed by further academic studies. Researchers at Cambridge University found that children who were taught the art of reasoned discussion significantly improved their scores in Maths, Science and in non-verbal reasoning. Clearly, a focus on oracy can help raise students’ attainment across the curriculum.
In order to help our students succeed in the future we need to prepare them to be able to speak in an appropriate way in a variety of situations. During this academic year there will be an increasing focus on enhancing oracy and in embedding it as a key part of learning at BIS Abu Dhabi in the years ahead.