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ERIC Number: EJ888789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Practicing Speaking for Academic Purposes Using Aristotle's "Topics"
Huang, Li-Shih
Communication Teacher, v21 n2 p62-67 Apr 2007
Having been adapted by instructors in various disciplines over many years, Aristotle's "topics" have retained their original, heuristic value, inviting students to more deeply consider issues using a communicative pedagogy. In the author's teaching of Advanced Speaking for Academic Purposes, Aristotle's "topics" have been a useful mediating tool that helps learners tap into their existing knowledge and identify what can be said or what kinds of information can be used to talk about or discuss a subject. This article presents a teaching activity that introduces the use of Aristotle's "topics" as a speaking strategy that can help advanced second language learners develop confidence in their abilities to make individual presentations and/or to make dialogical contributions to group discussions, seminars, or academic debates. This activity aims to expand advanced second language learners' speaking repertoires and promote communicative competence. The author has developed this activity for use in Advanced Speaking for Academic Purposes. [A list of references and suggested readings is included.] (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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