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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

(2547 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 2547 reviews

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
Review by: Christine on September 1, 2014
Well organized. Good examples.
Review by: robin on August 31, 2014
easy to follow and informative
Review by: Jeri on August 29, 2014
great examples
Review by: Kathleen on August 28, 2014
Wonderful examples to clarify concepts. This was the most enjoyable course I have taken on speech pathology.com
Review by: Shannon on August 27, 2014
I really enjoyed the information on idioms and other figurative language.
Review by: Karen on August 27, 2014
Really enjoyed the content, and presentation. I learned a great deal!!
Review by: Tandi on August 26, 2014
clearly delivered information
Review by: Mary on August 26, 2014
easy to follow and understand
Review by: Pamela on August 26, 2014
Very clear examples and lots of resources.
Review by: Meredith on August 24, 2014
Great examples were given, very informative
Review by: Sarah on August 18, 2014
well organized
Review by: Zulemy on August 15, 2014
Loved it! The breakdown of types of figurative language and the specifics on each!
Review by: Dawn on August 13, 2014
The resources for teaching figurative language were helpful
Review by: Ana on August 6, 2014
Very good examples.
Review by: Rosemary on August 5, 2014
organized
Review by: Sheila on August 3, 2014
Easy to follow with lots of examples.
Review by: Jamie on July 31, 2014
I did not like how it was divided into different pages!
Review by: Danae on July 30, 2014
Easy to follow along with
Review by: Kimberly on July 27, 2014
Interesting information, clear and concise...loved the breakdown of the different idioms types.
Review by: Jessica on July 23, 2014
Nice flow to the information provided. Great examples were given. Exam questions were concise and clear. Learned a lot from this course!
Review by: W. Gray on July 20, 2014
Interesting,informative and fun! What a win win win for all!
Review by: Amanda on July 18, 2014
Very interesting and entertaining information and ideas.
Review by: Kimberly on July 18, 2014
Very enjoyable and informative.
Review by: Stacey on July 17, 2014
This was a very fun and informative course!
Review by: Tracy on July 14, 2014
This presenter is extremely knowledgeable about figurative language, and explains it well.
Review by: Renee on July 11, 2014
Well-organized with good examples for everything discussed.
Review by: Dianna on July 10, 2014
I have taught idioms to students before, but I liked the different activities described here to teach them. Also, I didn't know the terminology for the different types of idioms.
Review by: Lynn on July 10, 2014
Information on teaching idioms/instructional strategies very helpful.
Review by: Donna on June 29, 2014
This is presented in a learnert-friendly manner. The content is comprehensive and useful.I will use this information with my students this next term!
Review by: Lisa on June 28, 2014
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Review by: Jennifer on June 27, 2014
Clear explanations of each area of figurative language
Review by: Tanya on June 22, 2014
Information was clear and easy to understand. I feel I can apply a great deal to my current work.
Review by: Judy on June 14, 2014
Clear presentation with multiple examples
Review by: Marlene on June 14, 2014
The many examples and references
Review by: Nicole on June 14, 2014
n/a
Review by: Anzhela on June 12, 2014
Easy to understand
Review by: Summer on June 12, 2014
This was an engaging course that clearly explained all the types of figurative language, how it is learned and issues in learning. Good resources.
Review by: Karen on June 9, 2014
I really enjoyed this course. There was a lot of information presented regarding different types of idioms that I was not aware of.
Review by: Natalie on June 9, 2014
very organized presentation with lots of great examples
Review by: Melissa on June 4, 2014
The information was delineated in a very clear and organized manner.
Review by: Lihua on June 3, 2014
very useful information
Review by: Judy on June 3, 2014
concise; straightforward; informative
Review by: Dionne on May 27, 2014
The materials are clearly written and easy to follow.
Review by: Renee on May 25, 2014
Great organization and lay out of presentation
Review by: Meghann on May 24, 2014
The presenter provided a lot of good insight in how to leach those with language difficulties idioms especially because they are so prevalent in our English language.
Review by: laurie on May 22, 2014
especially good; I missed this information in English classes, somehow -fun to learn the catagories
Review by: Nancy on May 19, 2014
Good descriptions and examples of types of figurative language, and practical suggestions for teaching idioms effectively.
Review by: Sharon on May 12, 2014
Well organized. Great examples of the different types of figurative language. Good ideas for teaching use and comprehension.
Review by: Lisa on April 26, 2014
Concise and to the point.
Review by: Melissa on April 21, 2014
Enjoyable and interesting reading!
Review by: Kristen on April 17, 2014
Very informative. Well-organized.
Review by: Phyllis on April 16, 2014
Interesting information,
Review by: Barbara on April 10, 2014
Excellent information.
Review by: Ann on April 7, 2014
I was not aware of the difference between idioms, metaphors, similes, or proverbs. Specifically metaphors and similes. I also did not know there was such a thing as an Idiom Dictionary. I will definitely try to find one to order so that I can better teach my students.
Review by: Leslie on April 3, 2014
learning about opaque vs. transparent idioms
Review by: Emily on April 2, 2014
Interesting information. I use proverbs/expression analysis in my work with geriatric/dementia populations, but now I will incorporate idiom analysis also!
Review by: Lynne on April 1, 2014
I love the english language and all the rule breakers
Review by: Karen on March 31, 2014
Well organized and a good breakdown of the subject matter
Review by: Susan on March 31, 2014
good examples
Review by: Qiana on March 28, 2014
It provided useful information and strategies to help teach figurative language to students.
Review by: Alice on March 24, 2014
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Review by: Saundy on March 18, 2014
Good examples
Review by: Julie on March 9, 2014
Lots of examples of idioms but more on how to teach them would have been nice
Review by: Julia on March 5, 2014
It was well organized and easy to follow but I didn't really learn anything new.
Review by: Shanna on March 1, 2014
I like how she gave a great variety of examples of various idioms, similes, metaphors, and proverbs.
Review by: Catherine on March 1, 2014
Well organized and informative
Review by: Teresa on February 23, 2014
It gave a great overview to idioms as a whole and went in depth to the various types of idioms
Review by: Diane on February 22, 2014
so very informative
Review by: Annette on February 13, 2014
I am more aware of the impact of figurative language comprehension as it relates to reading comprehension
Review by: Marcia on February 11, 2014
Well-organized, practical; good suggestions and references
Review by: Steffie on February 11, 2014
Understanding figuarative language is an important part of language therapy I always in cooperated into therapy, but now I have specific strategies to implement depending on the student's weaknesses.
Review by: brittney on February 10, 2014
easy understood material
Review by: Shira on February 3, 2014
clear, understandable and interesting
Review by: Sarah on February 2, 2014
Great info!
Review by: Lisa on January 28, 2014
Great useful information
Review by: Nancy on January 27, 2014
The handouts were very well organized & easy to follow.
Review by: Crystal on January 26, 2014
The organization and detail of material.
Review by: Linda on January 19, 2014
Very clear and concise presentation.
Review by: Linda on January 3, 2014
Detailed information provided, great handout.
Review by: Marian on December 31, 2013
Dr. Spector's presentation was easy to follow, her slides were concise, and I learned information I didn't know- it was fun!
Review by: Terry on December 31, 2013
learned new info, it was fun
Review by: Cynthia on December 31, 2013
Very interesting
Review by: Correan on December 31, 2013
Organization of the material facilited easy learning
Review by: Andrea on December 31, 2013
Included great resources
Review by: Rebekah on December 31, 2013
clearly outlined and easy to follow.
Review by: Victoria on December 30, 2013
It was a good, basic course in idioms, etc., but I am not sure how much I can really apply to my practice.

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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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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)


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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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