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It's good to talk is one of the great clich[ac]es of our time. The benefits of talk to individuals, families and organizations are proclaimed by pop psychologists, television talk show hosts, and management gurus. The importance of talk is talked about endlessly. Good to Talk? is an attempt to look critically at what lies behind this upsurge of concern about talk in our workplaces, classrooms and private lives, and it places these developments in historical context and relates their forms to the broader economic and social changes associated with globalization. The book also poses questions about the social and political implications of talking about talking. Is `communication' the key to solving the

Schooling Spoken Discourse
Schooling spoken discourse

Young people face an increasingly complex world where many old certainties have disappeared. The effects of these developments are very quickly felt in schools. They are places which often seem to bring together and focus the challenges posed by economic and social change. But the ability of schools to cope with the impact of these changes beyond their boundaries is in question

– Opening Minds: Education for the 21st Century, Royal Society of Arts, 1999.

Experience shows that communication skills can be taught…all children benefit from learning skills which will make them better friends, better employees, better life-partners and better human beings

– Communication: A Key Skill for Education, BT Forum, 1998.

In the late 1980s an oral communication element was introduced into the ...

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