Teaching the Audio Essay

By: David Berner  

The workshop is to show how teaching the strategies for creating entertaining, meaningful, and provocative audio essays helps students with literacy. The audio essay offers clear restraints and opportunities that work together to assist a learner in crafting a work of unique artistic presence—similar but different than books, other readings, film or photography. The audio essay allows the student to consider literary in different ways from traditional reading and writing, such as how one reacts and interprets language—the spoken word—and how one produces language to achieve a particular outcome. Narrating a story using spoken-word skills directly relates to one's literacy development. Recording that story and adding elements of sound can help build on literacy. It can also help to establish an intimate literacy community. The workshop will walk participants through a series of learning objectives, offer simple audio recording solutions, and present student work for discussion.

audio, narration, literacy
Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Learning
Workshop Presentation

David Berner

Associate Professor , Communication Department, Columbia College Chicago, United States
United States

I am an award-winning broadcaster, writer, journalist, and associate professor in the Communication Department at Columbia College Chicago. I've created award-winning audio documentaries and stories, freelanced for National Public Radio, CBS, and had audio stories presented on public radio across the U.S. I am a member of my department's curriciulm committee, and have worked to develop audio essay creation as a learning tool for writing and literacy, working collaboratively with the the Creative Wirting Department, and Book and Paper program at the college. I have also performed live literature at several events including 2nd Story in Chicago, and have narrated two books. I hold a Masters in Teaching from Aurora University and MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.