“Old” skills for a new century

January 31st, 2012

Visual literacy, technology savvy, and keeping up with new technologies are all necessary skills for students. But Erik Palmer, author of Well Spoken argues that in the meantime we should not forget the traditional skills of reading, writing, and speaking, as skills that are vital to success in and out of the classroom.

He just published an article in the Colorado Reading Council Journal, where he writes that “new skills are needed in the 21st century, but few students will succeed if they don’t master letters—reading, writing, and speaking them. Of those three, speaking has become far more important as technology has advanced. If you ask people what skills they consider to be “cutting edge,” it is unlikely anyone would mention speaking skills. Yet in the new decade and beyond, a seemingly retro skill like verbal communication actually is cutting edge and is becoming more crucial to success.”

Read the full article here, and then check out two other pieces by Erik in AMLE’s e-newsletter and in the CATE journal.

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  • 1. “Old” skills for a ne&hellip  |  February 4th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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  • 2. Ellen Ferguson  |  February 6th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Excellent article! I agree about the importance of oral language skills and it is absolutely vital for our second language learners to get a lot of practice with their speaking skills. Thank you for the great suggestions and web resources.

  • 3. T.T. Shumate  |  February 6th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Excellent aritcle!! I have taught Public Speaking for 35 years and still privately tutor in this area and others. I agree and enjoyed the book also. T.T.S.

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