literacy/oral presentations

By Monday, January 2, 2012 No tags 0

I have to admit to occasionally raving about trying to teach literature to a post-literate generation.  However, if you can believe Clive Thompson and the data of the Stanford Study, at least students are writing more avidly than ever AND they are more conscious of the business of writing for an audience.  An older stance is that you learn to write well by reading.  And if students are more conscious of audience, does this carry on into presenting orally to an audience? Some interesting implications, perhaps?

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  • triplea_lo
    January 6, 2012

    Thanks for this! I really enjoyed the article, and I think I’ll talk about it with my English A: language and literature students when they come back from their holiday next week.
    A funny story that comes to mind is when I took the advice of a workshop participant who had found that using online chat forums got students who normally wouldn’t speak in class involved in homework discussions. So I set one where I got students to try Chatzy. In class a few days later, I set them group discussion work, and four of them sat in a line, and didn’t say a word, but were all obviously working on their laptops. When I ‘told them off’ for not being on task, they showed me the ‘discussion’ they were having online. As it was ‘on the record’, other groups could also benefit from it. I don’t know where that leaves us with our orals! It makes You-tube posts where people hold up cards rather than ‘speak’ make more sense, though!

    • hannah_tyson
      March 29, 2012

      I have to look up Chatzy!

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