ERIC Number: ED255960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Oral Communication across the Curriculum: Teaching Oral Communication in the English Classroom.
Cooper, Pamela J.
One curriculum design model for integrating oral communication in the English classroom consists of three components: communication contexts, communication functions, and communication skills. The model provides a perspective through which appropriate communication curricula and activities can be developed for students of all ability levels, involving students in learning basic oral communication skills and providing them with a repertoire of exeriences in a variety of contexts. The model can be viewed as a cube in which each of the portions or "cells" of the cube represents a number of possible communication activities that can be developed. Role playing, children's literature, symposiums, interviews, debates, films, storytelling, creative dramatics, and reading aloud can all be used to integrate oral communication skills into the English curriculum. Of course, the most important element in implementing the program is the need to develop a communication environment in the classroom. Among the teacher competencies that can help to create such a supportive environment are (1) positive self-concept, (2) self-disclosure, (3) descriptiveness, (4) owning feelings, (5) empathy, (6) listening, (7) response styles, and (8) behavioral flexibility. (A figure of the model is appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Indianapolis, IN, April 4-6, 1985).