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Course # 5473
Break a Leg: Idiom Use and Comprehension

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Course Abstract

Approximately two thirds of our spontaneous conversational interactions are comprised of figurative language, mostly idiomatic expressions. For this reason it is imperative that individuals can use and understand these expressions. This course discusses the various types of idioms, how they are learned, as well as describing techniques for improving idiom use and comprehension.
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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the various types of idioms.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe how idioms are learned.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list techniques for improving use and understanding of idioms.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introductory comments
5-25 Minutes Discuss types of idioms
25-35 Minutes Discus how idioms are learned
35-55 Minutes Suggestions for improving idiom use and comprehension
55-60 Minutes Conclusionn; Q&A

Average Rating

(3146 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 3146 reviews

Review by: Caryn on July 27, 2015
Well organized and informative
Review by: Susan on July 23, 2015
It was very appropriate to the work I do with students and I learned the age-range with some more in-depth characteristics about idioms and figurative language overall.
Review by: Cathy on July 22, 2015
The descriptions of different types of figurative language, particularly the different types of idioms.
Review by: Kathryn on July 22, 2015
Great examples and suggestions!
Review by: Mindy on July 21, 2015
The information was interesting and explained well.
Review by: Susan on July 19, 2015
Presenter's expertise with the subject was easily apparent.
Review by: Elizabeth on July 19, 2015
presenter's depth of knowledge in the topic area
Review by: Maren on July 18, 2015
great examples and description
Review by: Clarisa on July 18, 2015
The course text had good explanations and examples which made it easy to understand.
Review by: Mary on July 17, 2015
The detailed explanation of the different types of figurative language were very informative.
Review by: Denny on July 16, 2015
It was all good.
Review by: darlene on July 16, 2015
She broke it down into key components.
Review by: Mary on July 16, 2015
Figurative language is my passion so this was "right up my alley!"
Review by: Megan on July 13, 2015
The course material was very interesting and presented in an easy to understand manner.
Review by: Cecily on July 12, 2015
The course text was laid out in a very organized manner with concise explanations and examples.
Review by: chani on July 12, 2015
the material was pretty interesting; lots of examples
Review by: Jennifer on July 11, 2015
Review by: Nikki on July 9, 2015
easy to understand
Review by: Shannon on July 9, 2015
The speaker's thorough yet concise explanation
Review by: Cheryl on July 8, 2015
Outline of material was helpful as were the examples.
Review by: Meghan on July 7, 2015
great resource
Review by: Steffanni on July 1, 2015
The material was highly organized and was well defined.
Review by: Catherine on July 1, 2015
Great definitions and explanations of idioms and figurative language, and new ideas regarding how to teach them.
Review by: Kathleen on June 30, 2015
Provided instruction in how to categorize figurative language for therapeutic purposes.
Review by: Elizabeth on June 29, 2015
good comprehensive material
Review by: Jennifer on June 27, 2015
The material was very well organized and easy to follow.
Review by: DonnaMarie on June 26, 2015
I have a better understanding of how difficult spontaneous conversation can be for my language impaired students. If they don't have a basic understanding of idioms, my students will continue to have a difficult time with spontaneous speech.
Review by: Jessica on June 23, 2015
well organized and informative
Review by: simone on June 23, 2015
I enjoyed this course
Review by: Jenna on June 20, 2015
very functional
Review by: Kathy on June 19, 2015
The presentation matched the objectives.
Review by: Danielle on June 15, 2015
There was a wonderful breakdown of all the different idioms that we have. I didn't realize that there were so many sub-categories to idioms.
Review by: Lauren on June 7, 2015
Helpful information
Review by: June on June 4, 2015
specific examples and suggestions as to how to teach idiomatic expressions
Review by: Laura on June 3, 2015
I loved all the examples of idioms. I had never really thought about all the different kinds.
Review by: Renuka on June 1, 2015
Review by: Maria on June 1, 2015
Review by: Mia on May 31, 2015
the text/handouts
Review by: Chandra on May 28, 2015
The information was presented in a format easy to follow and it was relevant to my current setting.
Review by: Melanie on May 28, 2015
Good examples of each type of figurative expression.
Review by: Margie on May 27, 2015
The information was laid out in a very easy to read and understandable format
Review by: Cecily on May 27, 2015
The information was presented in an easy to understand way. This will make teaching idioms to my students much easier.
Review by: Brooke on May 27, 2015
Very thorough explanation of idioms and how to teach them
Review by: JENNA on May 26, 2015
Insightful, good examples
Review by: Beth on May 26, 2015
I love how she provided her article as a powerpoint as well so I can go back at any time and refernce this material.
Review by: Marta on May 25, 2015
Love the way the author gave so many examples and definitions of words. This made it so much easier to understand
Review by: Susan on May 23, 2015
The organization of material, examples and humor.
Review by: Nicole on May 16, 2015
The organization of the course and examples made it an easy and enjoyable read.
Review by: Kristin on May 12, 2015
Good examples.
Review by: Mary Jane on May 12, 2015
It makes teaching idioms fun and gives good examples.
Review by: Rochelle on May 11, 2015
it was fun to recognize the use of so many idioms and how common they really are
Review by: Christina on May 11, 2015
well organized
Review by: Justin on May 11, 2015
This course gave a great examples of how to use idioms in instruction as well as day-to-day issues.
Review by: Jennifer on May 10, 2015
great for older clients
Review by: Ashley on May 8, 2015
The topic was very well presented and thorough.
Review by: Mary on May 7, 2015
Easy to follow along and understand
Review by: Natalie on May 3, 2015
I teach idioms in my therapy sessions regularly but never realized how many different 'types' there are. The concept of transparent and opaque idioms is new to me and now I will be aware of the difference as I choose which idioms to target with certain people.
Review by: Denise on April 29, 2015
Highly informative for school based SLPS!
Review by: Kara on April 29, 2015
Providing examples of each type of figurative language helped me understand the wide variety of figurative language styles used in the English language.
Review by: Callie on April 28, 2015
well put together
Review by: Amy on April 28, 2015
Very good information
Review by: Tiffany on April 25, 2015
It helped me understand why my patients with ASD need to understand and learn idioms and why they are so difficult for them to understand
Review by: Wanda on April 24, 2015
it was easy to read and relate to the children in my caseload.
Review by: Andrea on April 23, 2015
Very easy to understand.
Review by: Elizabeth on April 22, 2015
good refresher on figurative language
Review by: Abby on April 22, 2015
Good topic. It had been years since I did any continuing ed in this area. I work with adolescents so it was good to have a refresher course.
Review by: Patricia on April 22, 2015
Topic and showing the relevance of idioms in therapy.
Review by: Yvette on April 21, 2015
Great examples
Review by: Ann on April 19, 2015
The information in this course was concise and very clear.
Review by: Martha on April 16, 2015
Differentiation of idioms
Review by: Nancy Jane on April 14, 2015
Interesting topic and relevant to my school-based therapy.
Review by: Mallory on April 13, 2015
Very well organized and informative.
Review by: Ann-Marie on April 8, 2015
very clearly outlined.
Review by: Janice on April 7, 2015
It contained a lot of examples
Review by: Darlena on April 1, 2015
All of the information was clear.
Review by: Lauren on April 1, 2015
Very useful information.
Review by: Pam on March 30, 2015
The information was clearly presented and answered some of the questions I had about idioms.
Review by: Andrea on March 30, 2015
Easy to follow and understand - great organization for future reference
Review by: Daniella on March 29, 2015
well organized. useful information. pertains to my current position
Review by: Jacqueline on March 24, 2015
Information was fun and interesting.The test was appropriate and to the point.
Review by: Julie on March 19, 2015
Interesting topic and relevant to my job
Review by: Joni on March 13, 2015
Very informational and easy to apply to current job
Review by: Marcia on March 8, 2015
Interesting topic. Would be even more interesting to include and compare regional idioms (eg, north vs. South)
Review by: Christina on March 8, 2015
Interesting Examples
Review by: Clare on March 7, 2015
coherent, clear structure.
Review by: Julie on March 3, 2015
Good review on figurative language..
Review by: Evelyn on February 26, 2015
interesting, practical
Review by: Meredith on February 22, 2015
It was interesting; would've preferred more focus on how to teach it rather than defining it.
Review by: Katie on February 21, 2015
Well organized information that can be used for hands-on activities when I return to work.
Review by: Kathryn on February 20, 2015
simple explanations
Review by: James on February 19, 2015
Was to the point and well presented
Review by: Sommer on February 18, 2015
Review by: Robin on February 18, 2015
Great examples
Review by: Kelly on February 17, 2015
Great overview of info. Loved all of the examples.
Review by: Glee on February 16, 2015
Informative, easy to follow, with useful information.
Review by: carrie on February 14, 2015
Well organized and interesting
Review by: Anastasia on February 10, 2015
Well organized!
Review by: Rachel on February 6, 2015
It was interesting and it improved my knowledge in the subject area.
Review by: Kyndra on February 4, 2015
I liked all of the definitions, the breakdown or format, and the examples given for the different types.
Review by: joyce on February 3, 2015
different types of idioms and examples for teaching

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Course Presenter

cecile cyrul spector

Cecile Cyrul Spector, Ph.D.

Cecile Cyrul Spector earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the City University of New York, Brooklyn, and her Ph.D. at New York University. For more than 35 years, Dr. Spector has been involved in many aspects of speech-language pathology. She started her career by providing clinical services in public schools, private practice, and at the Hofstra University clinic. She has taught many courses as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and New York University. She was on the faculty of Long Island UniversityOrangeburg Campuswhere for 10 years she taught a wide range of courses and was the director of the speech-language department. Dr. Spector is past president of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Rockland County. She has acted as a reviewer for numerous journal articles and textbooks. Most of her journal articles, workshops, and books (Saying One Thing, Meaning Another; Sound Effects; As Far As Words Go; and Between the Lines) have focused on various aspects of humor, ambiguity, figurative language, phonological awareness, and inferencing. The intervention activities Dr. Spector develops are geared for individuals from eight years through adulthood.

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