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‘Oracy: the importance of spoken language skills today’ Oracy Cambridge Conference

The ability to communicate through talk is vitally important for many aspects of life – in education, at work, in the arts, in the community and for contributing to social democracy – and those skills can be taught.

This October (7th), we invite alumni and guests to ‘Oracy: the importance of spoken language skills today’ a conference hosted by Oracy Cambridge at Hughes Hall.

The 1-day conference will enable Hughes alumni to learn more about oracy and the work of Oracy Cambridge, to engage them in raising public awareness of its importance and to share practical knowledge about how such skills can be developed.

Speakers include: ‘Oracy for learning and for life’ Neil Mercer, ‘Conversations in care’ Nick Andrews, ‘Rethinking Education’ James Mannion, ‘Interthinking in practice’ Lyn Dawes, ‘Find your voice’ Cathy Mellor, ‘The spectrum of children’s language abilities’ Wendy Lee and ‘Professional learning through talk’ Pete Dudley. This is also an interactive conference and delegates will be invited to share their experiences, contributing to a wider picture of the ways we can put talk to work. The full programme can be viewed below.

The conference will be followed by an optional formal dinner.


9:00am – 4:00pm Conference, Hughes Hall, Alumni and their guests welcome. £10 pp
7:00pm – 10pm Formal Dinner, Dining Hall, Alumni and their guests are welcome to book. £30 pp

To book, please visit our Alumni Events page.