Wednesday, July 26, 2006

As promised...Pens in Mouths in Seoul

The pen-in-the-mouth speaking drill is a legendary staple of American debate training. Although some people think it's simply used to make you speak faster, it actually serves two other important purposes: First, it builds clarity, which was the purpose of teaching it to our students at the Ewha Workshop in Seoul. Second, it represents a partial (not complete) abandonment of dignity, because you look just a little silly when you do it. That was the purpose of me snapping a picture of Professor Kristen Looney leading the drill. The Seoul kids still have their dignity, though...



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