ERIC Number: ED193637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Talk Contexts and Speech Styles: Planning for Oral Languaging.
Gambell, Trevor J.
Through oral languaging children learn to share ideas, to shape ideas, to structure thought, and to develop thinking skills. In order to plan appropriate and effective oral communication environments, teachers need to be aware of the factors that shape and influence communication environments or situations. There are three scales or continua of determinancy that can be used to describe how a speech style matches a talk context. Teachers will want to create different talk contexts, and therefore encourage the use and development of different speech styles by manipulating the factors of group size, relationships among group members, and physical arrangements of groups. Such arrangements could lead toward the use of intimate, casual, consultative, and formal speech styles. Learning can take place in all four contexts and, by attention to factors such as group size, speaker-listener relationships and distancing, the type and nature of children's previous experiences, and the type of subject matter, teachers can create for their students real contexts for appropriate communications. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (13th, Halifax, Canada, August 18-22, 1980).