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ERIC Number: ED309499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 11
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Teaching Oral Language Appreciation.
Jensen, Marvin D.
Discovering pleasure in words should begin at a young age. But the discovery can continue among college students if oral communication courses offer parallels to the art and music appreciation courses which are part of most collegiate curricula. Some class activities which can enlarge appreciation of oral language are: (1) students may be assigned research reports in which they explore single words which are the essence of an entire philosophy or perspective; (2) students might be asked to examine a Shakespearean play to discover phrases which continue to enliven everyday speech; (3) students can study the drafts of master speakers to observe their search for the exact word or phrase to convey a particular meaning; (4) students can be exposed to contemporary authors and speakers reading their own work; (5) students can be asked to review the language of candidates in the last presidential campaign; and (6) students might increase their appreciation of language by looking at the lyrics which gave voice and definition to other times. A college oral communication classroom is an appropriate place to celebrate language so that students see it as a treasure instead of just a tool. (MG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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