Learning to really learn

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Learning to Really Learn: Through Oral communication The skills of Oral communication are something of a phenomenon. In infants or in fantis, meaning not speaking, children begin the long process towards speech production and more advanced speech perception. Since birth forms of communication take place "Often parents and infants also vocalize in unison as they gaze at one another, and this mutual and simultaneous gazing and vocalizing create "Quite special moments" between them". (Lois Bloom, 1970) This is the first stage the child has that progresses into listening and speaking. These two physical activities of perceiving information and expressing thoughts, ideas, and attitudes through listening and speaking help to influence learning ability in children. In my discussion with Annette Depaul she conveyed her feelings about listening in the schools, at home, and in other aspects through a series of carefully devised questions and statements. It is her statement, which confirms that socially it is essential to feel comfort in ones surroundings and it is the role of the parent to be the first teacher of the child in sufficient speech production.

There are many factors that can contribute to the quality comprehensive listening and speech production in the child depending what he/she may learn in his home environment. When school begins so does the self-consciousness of the child start to be affected; the child may not even know how to express him/her self effectively in an out of home setting. (Children and oral communication) This is why the teacher's role in child development is very tricky and from careful research by Strickland and Loban we now know the action needed to be taken by the schoolteachers. Testing to see if listening comprehension is going at a satisfying rate can also help the child along his path of effectively...