The term oracy was coined by Andrew Wilkinson, a British researcher and educator, in the 1960s. This word is formed by analogy from literacy and numeracy. The purpose is to draw attention to the neglect of oral skills in education. More traditionally oral skills have been considered a part of rhetoric.


  • Oracy Matters: The Development of Talking and Listening in Education by Maggie MacLure (Editor), Terry Phillips (Editor), Andrew Wilkinson (Editor) (Open University Press, 1 Jun 1988) ISBN 0-335-15855-2

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