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Teaching Speaking & Listening Skills is a Course

Teaching Speaking & Listening Skills

Ended Aug 1, 2016

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Course Date:

Jun 20 - Aug 1, 2016


6 weeks


2-3 hrs/week



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This course is for all K-12 teachers in all subjects looking to add effective speaking and listening lessons to their repertoire. Why? Because employers list effective verbal communication as one of the top skills desired in employees, yet almost no teacher preparation programs train educators in how to teach, assess, and provide feedback on speaking and listening skills; and few schools or districts ever offer workshops on the topics.

Although most of the examples will be from ELA and Social Studies, this course will show teachers of all subjects how to take the listening and speaking activities they already use and turn them into purposeful, powerful, and practical opportunities for improving all oral communication. A practical framework for understanding and teaching listening and speaking skills will be shared, and lesson ideas for implementing the framework will be demonstrated. By the end of the course, teachers will have confidence developing, implementing, assessing, and offering feedback on speaking and listening skills in the K-12 classroom, enabling students to master the standards. Read More.

This course will offer readings, video lectures, and activities that teachers can adapt for their K-12 classrooms. Discussion boards will be used to describe any anticipated problems in the adoption process, to share resources that have been successfully used, and to facilitate conversations and questions. A goal of this course is to provide educators a safe place to experiment with new classroom practices. Please be courteous and collegial on the discussion boards.


As a result of participating in this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the elements of all effective oral communication.
  • Use content literacy strategies to build students’ speaking and listening skills.
  • Improve the value of activities already offered and increase the number of speaking and listening activities in their everyday classroom practices.
  • Coach students to create effective oral messages and to deliver those messages well through repeated cycles of writing, performing, and critiquing speeches using narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative assignments.
  • Use technology to provide opportunities for students to practice and showcase speaking.
  • Use technology to provide effective and timely feedback on student speaking and listening.
  • Assign reflective memos to help students benefit from a process of continual improvement.
  • Develop and adapt rubrics that enable students to learn from evaluation.
  • Choose and use mentor speeches to help students become more effective listeners and strengthen the language and structure in their speaking.

Course Instructors

Corbin L. Moore

Corbin L. Moore


Corbin L. Moore serves as the Social Studies Instructional Coach and English as a Second Language Director for the Hamilton City School District in Hamilton, Ohio and teaches government and economics as an adjunct professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As an instructional coach, he provides professional development workshops for social studies teachers for his school district, grant programs, statewide conferences, and online courses. Additionally, he has served as the President of the Ohio Council for the Social Studies.

Erik Palmer

Erik Palmer


Erik Palmer is an author and consultant who frequently provides keynotes at state, regional, and national conferences, and he has presented workshops to many organizations and districts. Erik is the author of several articles and four books, including “Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students” (Stenhouse Publishers, 2011), “Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations with Technology” (Stenhouse Publishers, 2012), “Teaching the Core Skills of Listening & Speaking” (ASCD, 2014), and “Researching in a Digital World” (ASCD, 2015).

Scott Petri

Scott Petri


Scott Petri has taught social studies at the middle and high school levels since 2003. He has also served as a coordinator and small school principal in LAUSD. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Educational Administration from California State University Northridge, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego. Dr. Petri is the Vice Chair of the National Council for the Social Studies Instructional Community and President-Elect of the Southern California Social Studies Association.