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Unit rationale, description and aim

Teaching occurs through communication, therefore, teachers need strong skills in communicating to students and other stakeholders in school and early learning communities to succeed in professional practice. Pre-service teachers must develop effective skills for professional communication via different modes (e.g., speaking, listening, representing, and writing) with different audiences (e.g. colleagues, parents and students) for different purposes (e.g., social, academic, and institutional).

In this unit, theories of communication and the issues, strategies, and expectations relevant to professional communication in the educational context will be explored. Pre-service teachers will engage with educational scenarios and experiences to develop skills for communicating effectively with various audiences. They will collaborate with peers to design a project which reflects their expertise in using representational systems (spoken and written language, symbols, static and dynamic images, gesture, etc.) to interpret and communicate ideas. Pre-service teachers will critically assess and evaluate case studies of professional communication in educational contexts.

The aim of the unit is to develop pre-service teachers’ professional communications skills for different audiences and purposes.

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