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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

(2776 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 2776 reviews

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
Review by: Melinda on November 18, 2014
I enjoyed learning about the varieties of idioms in terms of literal/figurative...I didn't know there could be so many combinations...1 literal/1 figurative, only figurative, 2 figurative/0 literal, etc.
Review by: Marla on November 18, 2014
It had excellent content that included a useful outline for reference.
Review by: Brooke on November 15, 2014
Concise, to the point, informative.
Review by: Paula on November 15, 2014
The importance of providing information in a framework such as this on idioms is so helpful for being able to consult with classroom teachers, etc
Review by: Tara on November 11, 2014
Easy read.
Review by: Tunisha on November 11, 2014
Organized and easy to follow.
Review by: Kathleen on November 10, 2014
Discussed difficulties that a number of students on my caseload demonstrate. Well organized and informative!
Review by: Nausha on November 10, 2014
I enjoyed the all the examples. In addition, it is helpful to refresh my knowledge of age of acquisition of idioms.
Review by: Kimberlee on November 9, 2014
Nice topic, informative presentation.
Review by: Erika on November 8, 2014
Excellent material
Review by: Robert A. on November 7, 2014
Very relevant; clearly presented; concise in content; very interesting!
Review by: Casey on November 7, 2014
Review by: Megan on November 6, 2014
Organization of the information made it easy to read and some great tips for treatment that I will use tomorrow with my students.
Review by: Yvonne on November 5, 2014
The subject areas / topic and examples were clear and helpful. I appreciated the foreign to american contrasts, along with information regarding age, gender, culturual diversity comments. Archaic to current trend usage was important to keep in mind and the resources presented may be helpful.
Review by: Janice on November 5, 2014
very straight forward information
Review by: Kimberly on November 5, 2014
It kept my attention throughout. It was by far the most entertaining course yet!
Review by: Allison on November 5, 2014
The material was presented in a clear and concise matter. I liked the Suggestions at the end.
Review by: Mary on November 4, 2014
Information presented logically. Nice review.
Review by: Rynette on November 4, 2014
Material was well-organized and examples helped to illustrate concepts.
Review by: Lisa on November 3, 2014
Fantastic examples! The content of this course made the text based class the best for me do that I can refer back to the transcript as needed. Very interesting!!
Review by: Kathryn on October 31, 2014
Clear break down of types of figurative language. I would have liked some more specifics on addressing them in therapy.
Review by: Suzan on October 31, 2014
Fascinating topic was well presented.
Review by: Lorraine on October 29, 2014
Review by: Danielle on October 28, 2014
This course was relevant and informative.
Review by: Mary on October 26, 2014
Organized material and excellent examples
Review by: Marilyn on October 26, 2014
Good examples of the different types of idioms, which populations may have difficulty and ways to address interventional techniques.
Review by: Cathy on October 20, 2014
The material was presented in a clear manner.
Review by: Laura on October 18, 2014
it was clearly presented and fun to read.
Review by: Deborah on October 17, 2014
Helpful ideas for teaching idioms
Review by: Ji on October 16, 2014
Who knew idioms had so many factors? Lots of practical knowledge gained.
Review by: Karen on October 15, 2014
Lots of examples to explain the different forms of figurative language.
Review by: Nancy on October 13, 2014
Easy to follow....useful information for students that I am currently working with
Review by: Stephanie on October 12, 2014
Clear, to the point, not a lot of extra verbiage to wade through.
Review by: Shara on October 9, 2014
Very good examples, easy to understand information, applicable to my caseload.
Review by: Sean on October 8, 2014
Good refresher and learned something new!
Review by: Alisha on October 8, 2014
The examples and practical application
Review by: Casie on October 7, 2014
Humorous with great examples and ideas for therapy approaches
Review by: Bracha on October 5, 2014
I found the course to be interesting and humorous.
Review by: Kelly on October 3, 2014
It was interesting.
Review by: Lora on October 3, 2014
One of the most interesting parts of language, appropriately organized for easy comprehension and then easy therapy.
Review by: Melanie on September 30, 2014
Interesting topic
Review by: Elinor on September 29, 2014
Review by: Brenda on September 27, 2014
This course offered many examples for the different types of figurative language to compliment the understanding of how figurative language develops and how it is used by various cultures.
Review by: Virginia on September 25, 2014
Interesting content regarding non-literal language with new analysis of types that I have not studied previously.
Review by: Germaine on September 25, 2014
Good explanations, many examples, and ideas on how to help clients with this problem.
Review by: Cassondra on September 23, 2014
great info
Review by: Barbara on September 22, 2014
I love this part of language and enjoyed learning more.
Review by: Devra on September 18, 2014
interesting, humorous
Review by: Paul on September 15, 2014
This is a long-forgotten area of language. I remember the Gochenauer Idiom Test and a time when colloquialisms did not dominate figurative language. This was a very concise and delightful program.
Review by: Allison on September 15, 2014
I really enjoyed this course and learning more about idioms, proverbs etc..
Review by: Kierin on September 14, 2014
applicable for my work setting
Review by: Fran on September 14, 2014
references of materials to use in therapy
Review by: Judith on September 14, 2014
I enjoy teaching idioms and the information presented was very interesting to me.
Review by: Gloria on September 13, 2014
Nice break down of different categories ie. simile, metaphor, idioms, proverbs
Review by: Susan on September 13, 2014
I thought I knew this topic pretty well however the information given taught me several things I did not know. Thank you!
Review by: seema on September 9, 2014
very practical for teaching idioms
Review by: Caryn on September 9, 2014
Very well organized, easy to understand, great use of examples, and kept my attention!
Review by: alison on September 6, 2014
I learned a lot about proverbs.
Review by: Amanda on September 5, 2014
great course on the variations of idioms.
Review by: Clare on September 5, 2014
I love teaching idioms and this course provided a detailed breakdown of different uses of figurative language.
Review by: Heather on September 2, 2014
a fun and different topic.
Review by: Jo Ellen on September 1, 2014
Fun and informative

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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.

Continuing Education Information

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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AG Bell - Listening and Spoken Language Credential

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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