About the Course
Lesson 1: Interact successfully in oral/signed communication.
Contributions to group work are appropriate to the task and nature of the group, and promote effective communication and teamwork.
Contributions include: maintaining good group dynamics, identifying purposes, agendas, procedures and schedules, monitoring developments and retaining focus, drawing conclusions, preparing and delivering feedback and ensuring group ownership of conclusions.
Interviews successfully establish a relationship appropriate to the context, and provide a non-threatening opportunity for participants to share information.
Participation in formal meetings is appropriate to the purpose and context of the meeting. Participation is consistent with meeting procedures and contributes to the achievement of meeting objectives.
Participation in discussions, debates or negotiations is appropriate to the purpose and topic. Participation is consistent with the formality of procedures and contributes to meaningful interaction between participants.
Responses to the ways others express themselves are sensitive to differing socio-cultural contexts.
Lesson 2: Use strategies that capture and retain the interest of an audience.
Key words/signs, pace and pause, stress, volume and intonation or sign size, pace, rhythm and non-manual features (NMFs) are used in appropriate ways to reinforce the message
Body language is appropriate to context and topic, and reinforces main ideas and points of view.
Formal communications are planned in writing/signing, and plans are detailed, complete, and realistic with respect to time allocation and content.
Visual aids are appropriate to topic and context, and enhance the presentation and the transfer of information and understanding
Techniques are used to maintain continuity and interaction.
Lesson 3: Identify and respond to manipulative use of language.
Facts and opinions are identified is noted and addressed.
Omission of necessary information is noted and addressed.
The implications of how the choice of language structures and features, specifically tone, register, style and point of view affect audience interpretations of spoken/signed texts are explained.
Distortion of a contributor's position on a given issue is explored with specific reference to what has been selected and omitted