Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing

The Four Essential Arts of Language

with Andrew Pudewa

In one of his most engaging presentations, Andrew Pudewa details the four arts of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

What is the difference between hearing and listening? What about the difference between natural listening and developed listening? He explains, “The auditory environment in which children learn their language will have a greater impact on the way they speak and write than anything else you ever do educationally.”

Lots of people talk at length, but how well do they speak? Andrew’s insights are practical and equip you to help students develop this important skill. Finally, Andrew discusses reading and writing, two critical language arts close to the heart of IEW’s mission. We are confident that teachers will enjoy and profit from Andrew’s insights developed through twenty years of teaching and contemplation.


This brief course is divided into four lessons, featuring master teacher and author, Andrew Pudewa.  In four successive presentations, Andrew discusses the arts of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At the end of each presentation, Andrew takes questions from a live audience.

  • Lesson 1: Listening
  • Lesson 2: Speaking
  • Lesson 3: Reading
  • Lesson 4: Writing

Andrew Pudewa

In the 1990s, Andrew Pudewa was introduced to Dr. Webster and the Structure and Style methods while Mr. Pudewa was teaching 7th–8th graders English and history.

After participating in the eleven-day professional development course held in Canada for several years running, Andrew was given Dr. Webster’s blessing to take the program to the United States and streamline the course work for completion in two days instead of eleven. Today Mr. Pudewa is the principal speaker and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music. His seminars for educators have equipped them with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ writing and thinking skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from an Oklahoman 3rd-grade teacher, who called him “the most powerful influence in modeling what kind of teacher I want to be.”

The Institute for Excellence in Writing successfully equips students of all ages and levels of ability, including those with special needs and English language learners. Its methods not only build written and oral communication skills but also improve critical thinking. By using Excellence in Writing methods across the curriculum to reinforce content areas, students truly learn to write as they write to learn and are transformed from immature or even reluctant writers to competent, confident communicators. It is possible to teach students with very high writing aptitude alongside those with undeveloped writing aptitude, and the system works magnificently at both ends of the spectrum.

Please Note: ClassicalU is currently developing a certification to accompany our course offerings. The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.

To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation in the course, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one short essay (of approximately 600–750 words) demonstrating your understanding this course. When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.

For this course the essay assignment is:

In 600 to 750 words, please describe the value of listening in the intellectual development of the student.

Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.

By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 1 certification.

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