Chapter 11. In Other Words: Building Oral-Communication Skills

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Goals

  • To acquaint the participants with some useful tips regarding effective oral communication.

  • To allow the participants to practice translating long, written messages into short but accurate and effective oral ones.

  • To offer the participants an opportunity to give and receive feedback about the effectiveness of their translations and their delivery.

Group Size

A maximum of ten trios.

Time Required

Approximately one and one-half hours.

Materials

  • One copy of the In Other Words Communication Handout for each participant.

  • One copy each of the In Other Words Translation Sheets A, B, and C for each participant.

  • A pencil for each participant.

  • A clipboard or other portable writing surface for each participant.

Physical Setting

A room in which the trios can work without disturbing one another. Movable chairs should be provided for the participants.

Process

  1. The facilitator explains the goals of the activity.

  2. Each participant is given a copy of the In Other Words Communication Handout and is asked to read it. The facilitator leads a discussion of each of the tips presented in this handout, clarifying any points as necessary for the participants. (Twenty minutes.)

  3. The facilitator instructs the participants to assemble into trios. Each participant is given one copy each of In Other Words Translation Sheets A, B, and C; a pencil; and a clipboard or other portable writing surface. The facilitator explains that one member of each trio is to ...

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