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ERIC Number: ED048257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Pages: 8
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Speech as Action.
Arnold, Carroll C.
English Record, v21 n1 p36-43 Oct 1970
Instead of emphasizing forms and types, teachers of communication should emphasize the kinds of actions that verbal communications are--both for those who make them and for those who receive them. Because, in verbal communication, language becomes a vehicle by which we exert "force" on another, language arts studies ought to begin with the study of the attitudes and impulses which result in communication. Moreover, both teachers and students should be educated to feel that the rewards of communication outweigh its risks. Some movement in this direction has already been accomplished: newer teaching materials emphasize human problems and resources as well as the processes and tasks that children need to understand before mastering the art of influential communication. However, an overemphasis on formal and ritualistic aspects of communication still exists (e.g., in communication theory and generative grammar). To overcome this, speech and English teachers must put the human actions of all communications at the centers of their curriculums. (DD)
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Authoring Institution: New York State English Council.