Why study Communications Skills ?
Students who receive tuition in Communications skills as an extra- curricular activity have been shown to fare better than their peers in a range of areas including interviews for Universities and colleges (including Oxbridge), in Job applications and when required to give presentations in a variety of different settings both in school and externally.
The proposal outlined below: A Masterclass in Communications Skills is designed to introduce students to the idea of undertaking some study in communications skills which will give them added value to the current support provided by the school. For sixth formers this will become evident initially when preparing personal statements for example and follow through to their applications and subsequent interviews for Higher and Further education places. The skills they learn will stay with them beyond their academic education and prove useful in their everyday work and social life. Good communications skills really are skills for life!
Masterclass in Communications
A session on an introduction to communication skills will cover the following areas:
One to one and group communication, Interview techniques, Presentation skills, Listening skills, Public speaking, presenting an argument and Logical thought, Personal statement & CV building
These “skills for life” are more and more invaluable nowadays. Most importantly as they work through and develop these skills the student will grow in confidence.
Workshop outline notes:
Initial discussion about what communication is i.e two way interaction, speaking in public and the importance of listening (feedback): Breakdown of the process: Sender – Transmission method – Noise – Receiver – Feedback. (Control loop) Then move on to communicative interaction (i.e persuasion, influencing, interview style, one to one communication etc). – looking at body language, eye contact, tone of voice and choice of language Next: speaking in public or to a number of people (presentation skills) – invite constructive feedback and discuss what makes a good presentation.
Each member of the group will be asked to make a very short presentation to the rest of the group about a memorable experience or exciting thing that they have done in their lives. Encourage questions. Discuss how it feels to be standing in front of group and talking about themselves.
Listening Skills – read a current article of around 350 words and ask students to listen first and then write down as much of the information as they can remember. Follow up with group discussion about the process.
Even speakers of English as a second language have found the challenges of this syllabus valuable, for example in preparation for business or conference presentations in English.
There are no age restrictions and Specialist teachers and tutors in Communication Skills may be interested also to see the requirements for the Licentiate (Teaching) Diploma.
Individual sessions available on request
We also teach Trinity College London examinations in Communication Skills for candidates of all ages at all levels; for individuals from Initial (pre-foundation) to grade 8, and for groups from grades 1–8.
We also teach the Professional Certificate in Communication Skills which is taken by students in their final year of school or by adults wanting to further their experience.
The course used increases confidence and skill in all modes of speech communication, whether for social, professional, or public situations.
At its higher levels, these assessments have proved a valuable addition to preparation for a range of professions such as the law, medicine, business, religion, and teaching.