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Teaching Speaking: the academic and the vocational

An HEA day-long workshop sponsored by the Department of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London

Organised by James Martin (Goldsmiths) and  Alan Finlayson (UEA)

17 May 2012, 10am-5pm at Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW

Politics is the practice of argument and debate, of clarifying disagreement and achieving persuasion around controversial questions of power and resource. Oratory and spoken communication therefore remain central components of all political activity, even in an age of text and technology. The craft of the professional speechwriter offers a vital, yet largely untapped source of knowledge for teachers of politics, particularly those interested in enhancing the transferable skills of their students. As the practical benefits and employability implications of HE increasingly takes centre-stage, this link between the academic and the vocational dimensions of political communication invites further attention.

This workshop explores how speechwriting and speechcraft might be incorporated into the politics curriculum. It asks what teachers can do to improve the communicative skill set of students of politics and how knowledge of speech performance might expand students’ grasp of politics as an activity. The workshop brings together professional practitioners and teachers of political speech to consider the different expectations and possibilities in teaching the art of speaking. It will reflect on the pedagogic goals of such teaching in light of the vocational opportunities they may support. The workshop also aims to clarify a broad range of guiding principles to assist the development of speech as part of the HE politics curriculum.

Speakers include: Max Atkinson (professional speechwriter); Professor Alan Finlayson (UEA);  Dr Edwin Bacon (Birkbeck, UoL); Dr Johan Siebers (UCLAN); Dr Matthew Wyman (Keele)

(see the full advert at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/seminars/disciplines/DW136)

There are 30 places available. First come, first served: but you must book your place in advance. The event is free (and includes lunch — let me know if you are a veggie or have special requirements. It’s only sandwiches, mind). The HEA can fund travel for UK scholars if you contact them IN ADVANCE. See the HEA web site (above).

To book, please contact James Martin (j.martin@gold.ac.uk)

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