This study focuses on Rudolf Steiner''s Creative Speech Theory proceeding to deeply analyze and discuss the authorized English version "Creative Speech: the Formation Process of the Spoken Word" translated from Rudolf Steiner and Mary Steiner-von Siver''s "Methodik und Wesen der Sprachgestaltung", especially on teacher''s oral speech training and practice within the theory.
In this definite work on a new art of speech, Steiner demonstrates how speech can be brought to everyday lives and teaching. Steiner''s argument, based upon "Anthro-
posophy", is that the audible sound of speech is the end result of an inner process. Steiner advises the speaker to concentrate on what takes place before the mechanical production of sound is made in the physical organism. Such a spiritual vision will renew the annotation of teacher''s oral speech if it is applied in the teaching situations.
This research, with pedagogical hermeneutic method, step by step aims at: first, probing into Rudolf Steiner''s life, the correlative historical documents, and his times and cultural backgrounds to understand how Rudolf Steiner formed the Creative Speech Theory; secondly, enquiring about the content and additional exercises on Rudolf Steiner''s Creative Speech Theory to realize its actual application in teaching; finally, positively extracting Rudolf Steiner''s Creative Speech Theory to provide some suggestions on speech in everyday''s teaching for the educators of ordinary schools in Taiwan.
The research, concentrating on teacher''s oral speech, results in some findings as follows: first, a qualified teacher is the key factor of successful theorization on
Steiner''s Creative Speech, and the spoken and living word is one''s general capacity and disposition as a result of long and regular self-discipline for the teachers in Waldorf schools; secondly, Steiner''s Creative Speech theorization is provided with scientific, spiritual, artistic, and practical motives; thirdly, Steiner''s Creative Speech Theory concentrates on regulating the breath before speaking, speaking with breath, making the organs of speech supple and flexible, learning to hear the sounds and repeating what is well spoken, nurturing clear and natural speech, molding the sounds into forms, forming the art of speech, studying speech styles to speak properly, raising the aesthetic feeling of speech to speak beautifully, promoting speech art to speak well, intensifying speech empathy and ethics to speak correctly, and even treating speech impediments, etc; finally, they obtained so many multifaceted, widespread, animated, and living datum for the exercises on Steiner''s Creative Speech practices that can be applied to develop teacher''s usual oral speech capacity.
According to the findings above in connection with the treatments on teacher’s oral speech to which native scholars devoted, the researcher firmly believes Steiner''s Creative Speech Theory can be applied in developing everyday teaching oral speech capacity for native teachers in ordinary schools. Thus, the researcher heartily appeals to the government and domestic Centers for Teacher Education for confronting the effect of teacher''s oral speech and offering systematic teacher''s oral speech discipline programs as soon as possible, and honestly recommend the actual and future teachersto educate themselves from developing teacher''s oral speech capacity and disposition, from the very first.