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Effective Communication

Teacher Name: Kelli Findlay
Course Length: One semester
Credits: .5
Textbooks: Speech for Effective Communication, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. © 1994

Course Description:
The success of every relationship depends largely on our ability to communicate. This includes relationships with family, friends, teachers, future spouses, employers, and even our relationship with God. In that sense, Effective Communication is one of the most important classes you will take in high school.

Course Objectives:

Students will:

  • Recognize the importance of effective communication in various situations
  • Recognize that communication is a multi-faceted process
  • Recognize that speech is an important tool for thinking, learning, and communication
  • Practice the behaviors of effective speakers
  • Speak clearly and confidently in a variety of situations
  • Recognize listening as an active, constructive process
  • Practice the behaviors of effective, active listeners
  • Listen effectively in a variety of situations
  • Recognize writing as a constructive, meaningful process
  • Recognize reading as an active, constructive process
  • View and interpret visual information critically
  • Enhance spoken and written presentations with appropriate visual, audio, multimedia and other aids.

Spiritual Application:   
Communication is the essence of all relationships, whether here on earth or with our Father in Heaven. We must learn, therefore, how to use our communication to deepen our relationship with Him and others, through speaking, listening, reading and writing. We glorify God in communication when we choose to use the words that bring glory to Him. The Book of James warns us to be careful in what we say, for words have the power to heal or to hurt, to build up or tear down, to encourage or condemn. (James 3:5-12)