Oral and written presentations

On his blog recently, Seth Godin listed 10 responses to the question “What’s high school for?”  One in particular caught my eye because it is particularly relevant to teaching in the English language arts arena:

  • How to persuasively present ideas in multiple forms, especially in writing and before a group.

I see an increasing emphasis being placed in ELA classes on the ability to present ideas visually but far less on the combination of writing and oral presentation that is the norm in the business world.

Digital book trailers and blogging may be cool, but writing memos, emails, and reports, and speaking in small group situations are more useful skills for students looking for paying jobs.