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New book for Dr. Campbell and alumna McMartin

Congratulations to Dr. Terry Campbell, professor of Education, on the publication of her new book Literacy Out Loud.

The book is co-authored with elementary teacher and NU graduate Michelle McMartin (nee Hlusek), BEd’97.  It is published by Pembroke Publishers, who have named it their September Book of the Month.

Written for teachers, it describes Literacy Out Loud strategies for fostering oral communication skills in K-8 classrooms. The whole book is based on the principle that talk is the springboard for all learning.  

Committed to embracing the power of oral language, Literacy Out Loud recognizes the important role "talk" plays in developing the reading and writing abilities that students need in school and beyond. The book offers strategies where oral language takes centre stage and is fostered through engaging activities. Literacy activities and events focus on all aspects of listening and speaking, and emphasize enjoyable, purposeful, social learning. The book argues that listening and speaking, or "talk," is at the heart of a vibrant classroom. It shows teachers how to nurture dynamic classroom talk that is essential in its own right, and makes all learning possible.

How can teachers best create a lively social network of literacy learning where talk is the foundation? How can classroom talk be encouraged and guided so that students become fluent and effective oral communicators? This books proposes everyday activities that will answer these questions, and many more.

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