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It’s an Obama world: Students learn to talk like Barack Obama

Brian86 Wrote: Sep 01, 2012 10:27 AM
this is the type of article I would expect to see on Huffington Post, confusing the issue of what a person has to say with the manner in which they speak. The President is a very effective public speaker, yes he uses a telepromter and no he doesn't write his speeches himself but this class isn't about speechwriting it is about learning English and speaking it effectively and Obama is a terrific example of that. Are you suggesting these students would be better off learning cadence from President Bush? Bush has better ideas and was a better President but that doesn't make him an effective public speaker.
Milt37 Wrote: Sep 01, 2012 2:02 PM
The president is as much an effective speaker, as my butt is an effective pooper! They both emit something, that doesn't mean it's anything not worthy of flushing.

Obama's cadence could put a crack smoking, coffee drinking monkey to sleep!

I wouldn't suggest that Obama, or Bush should be used as examples. What I suggest is this is just another incompetent teacher, who doesn't really know anything about real teaching, who needs to be fired.

From the “too outrageous to be true” file comes this gem: a teacher is instructing English language learners in Thailand to talk like Barack Obama.

That’s right – little schoolchildren are actually running around speaking English with the cadence of the president, if they’re not quoting him directly.

The lesson plan comes from Cassandra James, a “British-American writer currently living in Bangkok, Thailand.”

James’ idea is to get Thai students to pronounce words correctly and attempt to lose their accent. Makes sense. Her solution?

Listen to Obama speeches and mimic him! Here is an excerpt from the lesson plan: