Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Cambridge Primary - Oracy Lesson - Part #2

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>> NEIL: The idea of 'ground rules' is a term taken from sport, which means the local, unofficial

rules that operate in certain grounds or certain areas. So we took that idea up to describe

the fact that in any talk situation you've got rules, and if you're going to work well

in those situations you need to know the rules.

>> STUDENT: So, say, if you're talking in a group or in the whole class or something

like that, you've got to follow the talk agreement, so it's fair in the group. So one of the talk

agreements is don't try to become the leader of the group.

>> STUDENT: You have to like - like Sylvia said - make it fair.

>> LYN: So what is it that makes a good discussion? What do you do to make sure you have a good

discussion? I'm going to show you a set of things we call ground rules for talk. Make

sure the children know what you're doing that it's up to them, isn't it, to do the discussion.

And if they have the right awareness of what it's all about and the point and the purpose

of reasoning together, then you're much more likely to, for them to be able to make it

work for themselves and each other.

>> STUDENT: Well, we're definitely not talking over each other, and also if someone hasn't

spoken ask them to join the conversation, so everyone can contribute.

>> LYN: The idea is that the children themselves are responsible for their own volume, and

that could be one of their ground rules, if you like. It's not random talk or casual talk,

the talk children expect to take part in is purposeful and focused on the task in hand.


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