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Reading Island Voices – Aloud!

The “Reading Aloud in Britain Today” (RABiT) project is run by Dr Sam Duncan, a teacher, researcher and teacher educator working in adult literacy studies at the UCL Institute of Education in London.

The project is a two-year study which aims to capture the contemporary reading aloud practices of as many different adults as possible across Scotland, England and Wales, and to reach “people of all different ages, genders, ethnicities, faiths, cultural, educational and language backgrounds, in both urban and rural locations”.

Sam organised a symposium on 17th November as a part of her project, with the title “Everyday Reading: Explorations of Literacy and Oracy”.

In a gathering of researchers and educators from around the country, Gordon Wells was delighted to get the opportunity to speak about the Island Voices project, and its own approach to speech and writing and the uses made of Reading Aloud. Gordon’s subject was “Reading Island Voices: Issues around the Primacy of Speech and the Privileging of Literacy, from a Hebridean Viewpoint”. You can read the script of his talk here.

It’s probably best to read it online so you can make use of the embedded links and clickable screenshots to supporting video clips and other webpages. There are also some added footnotes with further information and references.

It’s not a long document, but if you’ve only got time for a short browse these Powerpoint presentation slides may give you a quick impression of the ideas covered. If you find them interesting, then do try and find the time to return and read through the talk to see how the ideas are linked.

It’s been a long time since Gordon made a work journey in the UK so far from his own geographical centre, and he was pleased to find a strong level of interest in Island Voices in such a remote location! Finally meeting up with David Mallows, the editor of Innovations in English Language Teaching for Migrants and Refugees (which contains a chapter on Island Voices), among the other innovative thinkers present in Applied Linguistic, Language Education, and related fields, was an added bonus.

Nach math gu bheil ùidh aig daoine eile anns na tha sinn a’ dèanamh!

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