Speakers' Corner at Simon Balle School

Janet Syme

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The National Curriculum expresses it succinctly: 'Spoken Language - pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently.' Here is a way to put the library centre stage in this essential process. Every Friday lunchtime Simon Balle School library hosts an invited guest speaker, perhaps ex-student, member of school staff or more often now a volunteer student who, using a variety of formats, talks on a topic of their interest followed by a short question and answer session. The initial small trial of Speakers' Corner has gone from strength to strength, raising the profile of the library and its staff and developing the interests, self-confidence and knowledge of speakers and listeners alike. It is an excellent example of getting the library involved in this important aspect of literacy.

2015. ISBN 9781903446881.

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