Educational Advantages of Oral Composition

Daniel J Cahill, Fordham University


The formal teaching of Oral Composition in the elementary schools should be stressed because of its value and importance in our modern educational systems. At the outset we state that this thesis is restricted to the Elementary School from class 5A to class 8B. We believe that the formal teaching of this subject below the fifth year is impracticable, as a general rule. Junior and Senior High School work is also excluded because in those years we are dealing with a psychologically different type or child and, as a result a different method of attack is necessary. Oral Composition must be distinguished from the much broader concept of Oral English. By oral composition we mean that phase only of the child's language work which deals with the formal oral delivery of the individual pupil. The method and content of this delivery will be later developed. We believe that there is a twofold need for Oral Composition, (1) as a preparation for written composition and (2) for an educative value of its own.

Subject Area

Language arts|Educational evaluation|Educational psychology|Education|Elementary education|Middle School education

Recommended Citation

Cahill, Daniel J, "Educational Advantages of Oral Composition" (1928). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29281801.