“Developing English Speaking Communication Proficiency by Ritualizing,” was written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication, teacher/author/poet, curriculum developer. It is the first in a series of five English Speaking Pronunciation Proficiency & Oral Communication Interaction Competency Lessons that develop verbal skills used to ritualize in formal & informal situations, express and share feelings, give voice to imagination, inform, advise, enlighten, and to influence, persuade, convince and/or control. Thus, the goal of this series will be to facilitate student speaker’s skills to ritualize, feel, imagine, inform and control multicultural listeners.
Page 2 provides a definition of the communication act of Ritualizing and a Ritualizing Poem in the form of a dialogue between a young man whose mother has died in the war and those who have gathered to commemorate her passing. The poem makes use of 8 Ritualizing speech communication acts concluding with the moral to the communication interaction. Two vowel sounds are described with directions for pronouncing them appropriately. The vowels that are featured are:
[ æ ] drag & [ ʌ ] drug.
Page 3 is the Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion which describes Appropriateness as meeting the communication needs of the time, place, speaker & listener relationship & purpose of the message. 3 multiple choice questions about the content of the Ritualizing Poem are asked followed by two lines to communicate why the writer thinks that the way to communicate in this situation is to say & do the this: _______________. The student/students can score their responses & try again if they fail to reach an agreement on the appropriateness of their responses.
Page 4 Contrasts & Assesses [ æ ] & [ ʌ ] vowel sounds in sentences with underlined words a speaker is asked to pronounce while a listener assesses the speaker’s pronunciation proficiency skills. Page 5 Lists the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing and Contrasting [ æ ] & [ ʌ ] vowel sounds in sentences.
Page 5 is the Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Proficiency Skills instrument designed & copyrighted by Norma Landa Flores as the ACCESS Instrument in 2005. It can be used for evaluating entry & exit English Speaking Proficiency & Oral Communication class level placement.
Pages 7 & 8 direct the speaker & listener to develop their own Ritualizing Communication Interaction & share it with each other to assess their level of multicultural appropriateness & which sub-skill needs adjusting.
All in all, English, ESL, ELL, History, Civic, Social Studies, Ethnic Studies & Culturally Diverse Students, Parents, Teachers, Community Leaders & Organizers can utilize, “Developing English Speaking Communication Proficiency by Ritualizing,” as a role model for teaching students how to Empathize with each other & Tolerate each other’s beliefs, values & human needs. Empower Students to Speak Up Appropriately!