Even back when California was working with the standards we adopted back in 1997, very few teachers were actually teaching the Speaking and Listening standards. We might do a small perfunctory project, but even that was a rather small component of the grade and usually not a very important part of the curriculum.
Several teachers completely skip giving any kind of speaking and listening instruction at all, while most assign one informational or persuasive speech. This really doesn’t feel like it is in accordance with what is asked of us in the Common Core. Consider the following:
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.5
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.6
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.