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Welcome to Spoken Word Services

The saltire centre at Glasgow Caledonian University

Spoken Word Services is based in the Saltire Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University. Our core aim is to enhance and transform educational experience through the integration of digitised spoken word audio and video into learning and teaching. You can read more about the background to Spoken Word Services in the ‘About Us‘ section of this site.

You will also find information about our Staff, our Partners and our Collaborators here. In addition, this section contains information about our Information Architecture and a statement about our Accessibility aims.

To access and begin using our repository of digital audio resources, please use the ‘Find Audio‘ link. We are attempting to make a substantial portion of the BBC’s radio archive accessible online for educational use, ranging from Leonard Cheshire’s eyewitness account of the Nagasaki atomic bomb to Boy George’s frank discussion of his own heroin addiction. Spoken Word resources are for educational purposes only.

These resources are protected in the United Kingdom and other countries by copyright law. Use of the Spoken Word audio repository is subject to an End-User Licence Agreement, which you must read and understand before proceeding. For more information please visit the Copyright section of the site. Once you have successfully registered, you can begin exploring the wide variety of rich, authentic audio resources in our repository.

In the ‘Using Audio & Video‘ section you will find information about ways in which our resources are currently being used in teaching and learning, and some suggestions for future uses. If you have other ideas for using Spoken Word resources, we would love to hear from you. You can browse our Case Studies, and find out more details about how we are working with educators in different subject areas. We also provide links to several examples of learning blogs used by our teaching collaborators. You can also learn about our pedagogical approach, and our audio annotation tools.

Spreading the Word‘ gives details of our approaches to dissemination and will list details of publications, presentations and other activities. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the site, you can use our site search function (located in the navigation bar at the left) to help you. You can get in touch with us by using our contact form. We would also be interested in hearing what you think of our web site, and how you think it can be improved.