Jumat, 03 Juni 2011

Definition of Speaking

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Based on The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (2007: 1467) speaking is defined as to talk or conversation to somebody about something. While in The New Lexicon Webster’s Dictionary (1994: 953), speaking means to utter words with the ordinary voice. On other place the writer found that speaking that has close meaning to the meaning of Webster’s, which is to utter words with ordinary speech modulation.

Jones (1996: 12) in Richard’s book, Teaching Listening and Speaking – from theory to practice – state that: “In speaking and listening we tend to be getting something done, exploring ideas, working out some aspect of the world, or simply being together. In writing, we may be creating a record, committing events or moments to paper.”

Based on the definitions above, the writer can conclude that speaking is expressing ideas, opinions, or feelings to others by using words or sounds of articulation in order to inform, to persuade, and to entertain that can be learn through teaching and learning process.



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  • Hornby, A. S. (2007). Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. New York: Oxford Uneversity Press.
  • ________ . (1984). The Grolier International Dictionary, volume I. Danbury, Connecticut: Grolier Incorporated.
  • ________ . (1994). The New Lexicon Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language. Danbury, Ct: lexicon publication, Inc.