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Teachers assign oral activities, but they don’t usually spend much time teaching students how to be successful with those activities. What does it take for students to be effective oral communicators?
Listen Up! Speaking Matters answers that important question. Veteran teacher and author, Erik Palmer, presents an approach to teaching speaking skills that is focused on preparing students for 21st century communication both inside and beyond the classroom.
You’ll visit elementary, middle, and high school classrooms where teachers are guiding and assessing students in collaborative discussions, media literacy, questioning and reasoning, speech presentation, effective multimedia use, and adapting speech to different content and tasks.
And you’ll learn about PVLEGS (Poise, Voice, Life, Eye contact, Gestures, Speed) and how this concept can help students become more effective public speakers.
Throughout the video, Palmer provides his expert advice on how teachers can focus on oral communication in their classroom and how these techniques can be implemented on a school-wide basis. You’ll also see him jump back into the classroom with a lesson on making thoughtful and targeted presentations to different audiences.
The video features an additional hour of bonus material, including:
Listen Up! Speaking Matters is a key resource for teachers and schools committed to helping students acquire essential oral communication skills that cross content areas and support long-term success.
Teaching the Core Skills of Listening and Speaking (2014) by Erik Palmer forms the foundation of the Listen Up! Speaking Matters video from ASCD.
Erik Palmer is a professional speaker and educational consultant from Denver, Colorado, whose passion for speaking has been part of every one of his careers. He spent 21 years in the classroom in the Cherry Creek School District in Englewood, Colo., primarily as an English teacher but also as a teacher of math, science, and civics. Erik is the author of two ASCD books, Teaching the Core Skills of Listening and Speaking (2014), and Researching in a Digital World: How do I teach my students to conduct quality online research? (ASCD Arias) (2015), as well as the book Well-Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students and Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations with Technology and a program consultant for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's English Language Arts program, Collections.
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