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Learning to really learn

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 learning speech. Learning oral communication has a lot of benefits to our children. If we want them to excel their best we need to make the most out of the resources that will help them along.

Before any form of communication is fostered by the child infants already have the means to perceive and produce speech.(Lois Bloom 1970) Although crying holds no arbitrary meaning to the child he/she still recognizes automatic responses from the parent. It is proven that infants who experience contingent and reciprocal vocal response to their words are more likely to vocalize again after the child takes a couple of seconds to perceive the sounds and accurately correct their own sounds to match the adults. Peter Marler observed an early "subsong" that he compared to an infant. A little infant sparrow can learn the song of his own species very quickly if he is taught during a "critical period" of his/her infancy. The sparrow corrects himself by trying to mimic the sounds of his adult individuals. (Lois Bloom 1970; Peter Marlow 1979) With the help of maturing sensory motors and muscles. If a child say's help in the first three months the subcortical sensory motor distinguishes between articulated sounds babies hear and the sounds babies can make. Developing of muscle control is needed to make that first babble of googoo gaagaa that happens in the first 6 to 9 months. Observation come natural to every human being and plays an important role in making words.

Speech perceptions in children find its way through the meanings of words. Children perceive speech much the same way adults and animals do, in a category. In the first year a child may organize and reorganize elements from cries, coo, whines, and grunts into the conditional sounds of speech. Sounds of speech bring the receptive and expressive skills to work through listening and speaking words. The sender of a message transmits his her feelings, ideas, and attitudes and the receiver interpret the message according to his/her own experiences. Learning a word means many things that bear on social, cognitive, cultural and linguistic matters. Cognitively to Learn a word is to learn how to express a mental meaning, something the infant has in mind that is directed to object events and relations in the world. Socially learning a word is learning how persons in a society make public what is otherwise private and internal to themselves so as to influence the thoughts feelings and actions of one another. Culturally to learn a word is to learn something of the values that have evolved in a society for creating and sharing a worldview. Words are powerful resources in the human communication system since they help us to use and exercise the techniques we need in our education. (Doris Noelle, 1953)

Sufficient evidence indicates possible directions towards improving children's listening and speaking abilities. If this knowledge is thoroughly disseminated and extended efforts were put forth to build home environments as well as building classroom programs around this knowledge. Then we would have a very effective learning system in all areas of interest. It is from this evidence that I have devised a series of questions to gain insight on how a parent responds to stimuli of what they hear and how she will perceive it. This is beneficial to the development of increased awareness about oral communication and how it can parents and the community build better social lives to say the very least.

This time I have one subject, which I have questioned. Annette Louise Depaul, a nurse for 5 years and mother of two daughters one with a grandchild, gave complete useful information for my Research Paper.

I questioned her whether school children became socially self aware when they first started school? Her reply was that in today's society kids are getting so violent and there is too much abuse between the children. Then I asked her if kids who knew how to articulate expressions verbally have a better chance of being less violent. This time she was very firm about saying that "Society Sucks"

I asked another question, "Do you think infants have the ability to talk?

Annette had the simple answer that if you get any thing of the same species together it can communicate including animals in her statement. Annette thinks animals are more intelligent babies than human babies are.

"Children need to be around others since they learn from social interaction. Infants learn by observing. If you told a child how to take care of a dog and then showed another child to take care of a dog the one you showed will do a much better job"

The next answers to my questions were greeted with mixed degrees of interest. I asked how important listening is to education. Nonchalantly I was replied "Very."

Then I questioned "Does the child needs help in learning to speak?

Annette replied, "yes" Everybody does even more nonchalantly.

Reminding myself that this is the woman who would like to see more calm children in this world. I stated, "I think that through good expressive articulate gestures a person will not have to use violence as a way of releasing those pent up feelings." I asked her then if she would like to be taught to articulate ...

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