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Course # 5473
Break a Leg: Idiom Use and Comprehension

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 3, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Introductory, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.


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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

(2983 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 2983 reviews

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
Review by: Brooke on February 2, 2015
I always enjoy more information about figurative language and learning how to best teach idioms to my students.
Review by: Jean on January 31, 2015
it was a fun topic
Review by: kacey on January 30, 2015
The use of figurative language
Review by: Kara on January 29, 2015
great information
Review by: Barbara on January 25, 2015
the course was thorough and informative
Review by: Mary Kate on January 23, 2015
Great ideas for therapy.
Review by: Melissa on January 13, 2015
This course offered good information regarding idioms as well as subtypes and useful tips as to how to teach/implement usage in therapy.
Review by: Sheila on January 11, 2015
it clarified the subject matter which will allow me to teach my students correctly and accurately. There is no room for confusion when teacher such a multilayered topic to individuals with language and learning difficulties
Review by: Lesa on January 11, 2015
Learned about figuative language
Review by: Manuela on January 9, 2015
I have studets with IEP goals that are working on idioms and this was beneficial in helping me understand how truly difficult it is for them to understand idioms.
Review by: Vanessa on January 7, 2015
I can use this information, right now
Review by: Katherine on January 6, 2015
It was interesting and easy to read. If it had been audio or video, I would have rated it excellent.
Review by: Sharon on January 6, 2015
very informative and interesting; very practical since idioms are used in language so frequently
Review by: Janice on January 5, 2015
The information was concise and clearly presented. I work with many young people speaking English as their second language. I found this information helpful. I will use it to help in their expressive language work.
Review by: Laurelle on January 2, 2015
I feel this is an important area to be addressed during speech-language therapy, especially for older students.
Review by: Sandra on December 31, 2014
This is a fun subject to learn about and to teach.
Review by: Crisler on December 31, 2014
I had fun while learning something that I will apply to treatment.
Review by: D on December 31, 2014
There was a nice distinction between figurative and literal language supported by examples and suggestions for instruction. Well done.
Review by: Donna on December 31, 2014
I like how it was organized, slides backed up the narrative text, easy to follow and read, test was good and didn't try and trick you. I liked the background on idioms, course introduced transparent and opaque idioms.
Review by: Jennifer on December 30, 2014
I really like how this outlines simply the different types of Idioms and describes them.
Review by: Melissa on December 30, 2014
The information in this course was clear and thorough. It helped me to get a better understanding of figurative language!
Review by: Kimberly on December 30, 2014
Very informative and well organized
Review by: Terri on December 30, 2014
Review by: Becky on December 29, 2014
good topic and explanations; humor
Review by: Amanda on December 29, 2014
Good info!
Review by: Staci on December 29, 2014
VERY informative!
Review by: Amy on December 29, 2014
It seemed lighthearted and fun even though these can be very difficult for kids.
Review by: Jose Carlos on December 29, 2014
The distinction and examples among the different types of figurative language.
Review by: Pam on December 29, 2014
I love this area of language.
Review by: Harriet on December 29, 2014
Very interesting and informative.
Review by: Polly on December 28, 2014
Review by: Nita on December 28, 2014
Informative and interesting
Review by: Lameshea on December 28, 2014
Great examples and resources
Review by: Marcianne on December 27, 2014
applicable to clients
Review by: Judith on December 26, 2014
The information was important for SLP's working with school age children. It gave valuable insight into how to address the problem of understanding figurative language and its' importance to comprehension of spoken and written language.
Review by: jeanie on December 25, 2014
given examples
Review by: Linda on December 25, 2014
Concise, organized and relevant.
Review by: Norma on December 25, 2014
I loved this course. I learned a lot and had a good time. Made me curious and appreciative of the aliveness of language.
Review by: Amy on December 24, 2014
Very well organized information
Review by: Martha on December 22, 2014
Love the examples and idea to make dictionary!
Review by: Andrea on December 21, 2014
I can apply what I have learned directly to my practice.
Review by: Shannon on December 21, 2014
This course was just plain fun and kept my attention throughout.
Review by: Lisa on December 20, 2014
Great breakdown of types of idioms and how to work on them
Review by: Fred on December 19, 2014
Instructor broke the subject matter down into easy-to-understand segments.
Review by: Carlyn on December 19, 2014
Fun and thorough!
Review by: Lucille on December 18, 2014
Background info on idioms, similes, metaphors, etc.
Review by: Kathleen on December 18, 2014
Information presented in a very clear, organized manner. Helped me to gain a better understanding of idioms.
Review by: Molly on December 18, 2014
Information was clear and concisely presented.
Review by: Patricia on December 17, 2014
There are many times we tend to overlook this interesting and necessary area of language and learning. This course was extremely interesting.
Review by: Ann on December 16, 2014
A good overview of figurative language. Methods for teaching were good.
Review by: Amy on December 15, 2014
Nice explanation of figurative language and reasoning for goal selection.
Review by: Gretchan on December 15, 2014
useful information
Review by: Bridgett on December 15, 2014
The info on the slide show could have been more organized.
Review by: Meghan on December 14, 2014
Very organized presentation. Great examples that are applicable to my teaching.
Review by: Teresa on December 14, 2014
Will help me at the high school level.
Review by: Jennifer on December 13, 2014
Clearly laid out information, tons of examples, and some discussion of standardized assessments to use.
Review by: Andrea on December 12, 2014
This was a wonderful review of this important element of language.
Review by: Cherrel on December 12, 2014
Excellent information describing the differences in idioms, proverbs, similes, metaphors. Many examples provided. Easy to understand.
Review by: Allison on December 11, 2014
I appreciated the overview of figurative language expressions; however, I was hoping to learn more treatment strategies for dealing with figurative language during therapy sessions. Ideas presented were great, but not necessarily novel to my experience. However, the presentation was well-organized, clear, concise, and informative.
Review by: cheryl on December 11, 2014
Review by: Sharon on December 10, 2014
Easy to follow.
Review by: Emily on December 10, 2014
This was very interesting. Loved seeing all of this broken down. This helped me make sense of my students difficulties in this area.
Review by: Caroline on December 10, 2014
Well organized--easy to follow.
Review by: Stacy on December 10, 2014
The information was sequential and was easy to understand due to the number of examples. Great job!
Review by: Monica on December 10, 2014
good examples and explanations
Review by: Jill on December 10, 2014
It was clear and concise when presenting information. The examples were very helpful as well.
Review by: Elisha on December 9, 2014
clear and organized presentation, good examples
Review by: Jan on December 9, 2014
It wasn't organized as well as other courses I've taken, but I did find the "teaching" sections helpful.
Review by: Dianne on December 6, 2014
Great strategies! Thanks
Review by: Carol on December 4, 2014
Interesting to learn more if the specifics regarding figurative language.
Review by: Sherry on December 4, 2014
Good information
Review by: Prarthana on November 29, 2014
Review by: Robin on November 27, 2014
Clear, concise.
Review by: Kelley on November 27, 2014
Relevant, well organized
Review by: Linda on November 23, 2014
many examples of the various forms of figurative language were used.I would say though that the phrase "give her a break" does have a literal meaning! When I worked in retail and staff needed to take their 15 minute breaks the person relieving them would be told to "give her a break" !
Review by: Arlene on November 23, 2014
Well explained
Review by: Julie on November 21, 2014
There aren't many figurative language courses out there, so this was very welcomed. Learning about the different types of idioms and various ways to teach understanding was helpful for my practice.
Review by: Cindy on November 20, 2014
The information on all the different types of idioms was presented well.
Review by: Nechama on November 18, 2014
Good breakdown of the different types of figurative language and explanation of each type

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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.

Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 3, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Introductory, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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