Thursday, April 18, 2013

Teaching Communication Skills in the Context of Internationalism


An important aspect of Internationalism is of course communication and as EAL teachers this can often be the focus of our lesson plan. As such, it is important o remember that communication is indeed a two-way process and equal weighting should be given to teaching children the skills of both listening and responding. Developing a sense of ‘other’ is fundamental to understanding Internationalism. With the very young, and still egocentric, children this can be done simply by asking them what they thought of their friend’s response, how did it make them feel, do they agree? The IPC emphasizes that when teaching communication skills time must be given to all of the areas of telling, persuading, discussing and deciding. Communicating effectively is an essential disposition that all children need to leave school with. For EAL learners it is important that they are taught the sense of ‘other’ as part of their language skills and learn to modify their language in response to their audience. Being a communicator who responds to both the implicit and explicit views of their audience is someone truly with the disposition to develop Internationalism. 


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