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ERIC Number: ED534564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Using Seminars to Teach the Common Core's Speaking and Listening Standards
Roberts, Terry; Billings, Laura
Eye on Education
As educators, the authors know the importance of teaching reading and writing, but they often overlook speaking and listening skills. They believe that if they have class discussions on a regular basis, students are "naturally" learning to speak and to listen. However, that is not the case. On the contrary, speaking and listening skills are ones that must be explicitly taught--now, more than ever, as educators prepare students for 21st century careers. The jobs of the future will require collaboration, discussion, and problem-solving as never before. The Common Core State Standards indicate the necessity of teaching speaking and listening. So how do educators "teach" speaking and listening? The authors recommend using a seminar approach in K-12 classrooms. In particular, they suggest implementing Paideia Seminars--collaborative, intellectual dialogues facilitated with open-ended questions about a text. The literacy cycle of the Seminar includes five steps: pre-seminar reading, preparation for speaking and listening, the dialogue "per se," a post-seminar reflection on speaking and listening, and a post-seminar writing assignment. The goal of practicing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills together is to become more clear, coherent, and sophisticated in our thinking and to contribute to the quality of our lives (Roberts and Billings, 2011).
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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