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ERIC Number: ED193650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Course in Communication.
Mitchell, Robin
The overall plea in maintaining communication English as a subject in New Zealand technical schools is for "communication" to be recognized as separate from "English." The emphasis, then, is on the use of language, not its analysis; and this shift seems to make the course more appealing than regular English study for vocational technical students. In each section of the course, the trend is to get students first to estimate what others are trying to convey and how far they have been successful, and then to use assessment as a basis for the students' individual approaches to communication. Although its syllabus is still evolving, the communication course maintains particular emphasis on preparing formal reports. The other types of communication that are treated in the course include: (1) using libraries and other public sources of information, (2) making prepared speeches, (3) interpreting instructions and directions, (4) becoming familiar with statistics and graphs, (5) understanding how visual media such as television and photography communicate ideas, (6) interpreting news from print media, (7) working with the new computer-based communication techniques, (8) using postal express delivery and telegraphic services, (9) dealing with meetings (their procedures and the duties of individual participants), (10) filling in forms and questionnaires, and (11) developing test-taking abilities. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on the Teaching of English (3rd, Sydney, Australia, August 17-22, 1980).