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Speaking to Learn in Content Area Disciplines
Speaking to learn in content area disciplines

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge.

A Rationale for Speaking to Learn

In a manner similar to that of writing to learn, speaking to learn holds an important place in the classroom. According to the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Kansas State University, when students utilize speaking to express their learning, they

  • apply the concepts they have learned.
  • develop their critical thinking.
  • listen carefully to one another's ideas.
  • effectively communicate to and with others.
  • recognize existing problems.
  • acquire and use problem-solving skills.
  • change their beliefs, preferences, or attitudes.
  • evaluate ideas and attitudes.
  • develop their interpersonal skills.
  • exercise their decision-making skills.
  • respect others’ contributions.
  • effectively participate in group actions.
  • critically consider many points of view.
  • retain their learning for use in future situations. (2006)

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