A. The Common
Core State Standards.
They include Speaking and Listening. Is your school or district offering any programs for you?
B. Finding resources.
There are over 200 books in the National Council of Teachers of English
native American literature,
Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby, Amy Tan, using graphic novels,
vocabulary, meter, grammar, portfolios, writing on line, preventing
plagiarism, and great films. Not one book is about
C. Creating lessons that develop oral communication skills.
There are no classes in teacher education
programs on how to teach speaking skills. It is never a topic on any
inservice days either.
Comments from Baltimore:
"Erik was a fantastic speaker. I am enriched by it!"
"He was absolutely excellent--the best one."