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Reproducible Teaching

Posted by Connie Seale , in Orality 12 December 2018 · 0 views

In many of our contexts, most of us are not working with illiterate people. We are working with oral-preference learners. What does that mean? While they CAN read and write, it's not the primary, or preferred, way that they assimilate new information. So as we seek to reach people in our areas of ministry and teach them spiritual truths, we need to break out of our preferred (or learned) teaching methods.


To take it a step further, we were reminded at the conference that both the content and methods we use to teach (whether formally or informally) will be replicated as people pass it on. Even if our primary audience has adapted to a literary learning style, our goal ought to be to pass on content in ways they can easily use to reach their friends, family, and neighbors.


As a practical question for this month, as you share the truth of Christmas, are you doing it in a way that is not only understandable to your audience, but in a way they can easily share it with others?


Merry Christmas!
Connie Seale

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An oral learner is:


Someone whose most effective communication and learning format, style, or method is in accordance with oral formats, as contrasted to literate formats.
Someone who prefers to learn or process information by oral rather than written means. (These are literate people whose preferred communication style is oral rather than literate, even though they can read.)
Someone who cannot read or write (this represents about 5% of the world's population).

Did you know?


There are an estimated 4.35 billion people who are oral learners. This includes 3 billion adults, 900 million very young children, and 450 million children between the ages of eight and fifteen; all of these have basic or below basic literacy skills. They are oral learners because of their limited literacy skills.
The vast majority of missions work has been done for a literate audience. Unfortunately the vast majority of the true audience is therefore not able to connect with the Gospel.
Oral cultures are very relational - they share their lives with one another.
Most oral cultures will communicate with one another in narratives, dialogues and dramas, proverbs, songs, chants, and poetry. When asked what he thought about a new village school headmaster, a Central African replied "Let's watch how he dances".

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