Jun 20th 2016

Teaching Speaking & Listening Skills (Canvas net)

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This course is for all K-12 teachers in all subjects looking to add effective speaking and listening lessons to their repertoire. Why? Because employers list effective verbal communication as one of the top skills desired in employees, yet almost no teacher preparation programs train educators in how to teach, assess, and provide feedback on speaking and listening skills; and few schools or districts ever offer workshops on the topics.

Although most of the examples will be from ELA and Social Studies, this course will show teachers of all subjects how to take the listening and speaking activities they already use and turn them into purposeful, powerful, and practical opportunities for improving all oral communication. A practical framework for understanding and teaching listening and speaking skills will be shared, and lesson ideas for implementing the framework will be demonstrated. By the end of the course, teachers will have confidence developing, implementing, assessing, and offering feedback on speaking and listening skills in the K-12 classroom, enabling students to master the standards.

This course will offer readings, video lectures, and activities that teachers can adapt for their K-12 classrooms. Discussion boards will be used to describe any anticipated problems in the adoption process, to share resources that have been successfully used, and to facilitate conversations and questions. A goal of this course is to provide educators a safe place to experiment with new classroom practices. Please be courteous and collegial on the discussion boards.

As a result of participating in this course, participants will be able to:

- Understand the elements of all effective oral communication.

- Use content literacy strategies to build students’ speaking and listening skills.

- Improve the value of activities already offered and increase the number of speaking and listening activities in their everyday classroom practices.

- Coach students to create effective oral messages and to deliver those messages well through repeated cycles of writing, performing, and critiquing speeches using narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative assignments.

- Use technology to provide opportunities for students to practice and showcase speaking.

- Use technology to provide effective and timely feedback on student speaking and listening.

- Assign reflective memos to help students benefit from a process of continual improvement.

- Develop and adapt rubrics that enable students to learn from evaluation.

- Choose and use mentor speeches to help students become more effective listeners and strengthen the language and structure in their speaking.