Objective: The student will identify different forms and styles of communication and learn which are appropriate for communicating in various college scenarios.Estimated time 30—45 minutes
This section corresponds with Module 7 Lesson 1 in the College Bound Transition curriculum resources.
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Brainstorm with your student some examples of each type of communication listed above. Here are some examples to get you started:
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Why does communication matter, and how does your student learn to use it effectively?
Talk about communication-related expectations will change as your student becomes and adult and enters college.
Discuss the effects of using appropriate communication, and how other people are more likely to
Informal communication is appropriate in many circumstances. However, college students encounter more situations where formal communication is necessary and appropriate.
In college, your student will need to transition back and forth between formal and informal communication styles much more frequently than they might have done in high school.
College is the first time that many students tackle many of the independent living tasks that their parents may have handled previously. The transition often involves more extensive interactions with people outside of the university setting. For example, your student will use communication skills to schedule appointments, to make purchases, and for other purposes.
Discuss each of these situations with your student, emphasizing the importance of presenting themselves in an intelligent, polished manner to the people they will interact with. If you have typically taken the lead in interactions when your student is with you, now is a good time to allow your student to practice doing the talking in different types of settings, especially educational settings.
This may also be a good time to practice shaking hands with your student. Have your student shake your hand and introduce himself or herself. This skill will come in handy when they meet people for the first time upon arriving at college.
Imagine that you are the professor of an Intro to Anthropology course. On the first day of the semester, a student approaches you before class. He shakes your hand and introduces himself:
"Hello, Dr. James. My name is Charlie Hunt. I’m really looking forward to your class. I’m a psychology major, but I’m thinking of minoring in anthropology. If I have any questions this semester, would it be okay if I emailed you about them, or do you prefer a different way of getting in touch?"
As you wrap up your conversation, he says, "Oh, by the way, here’s a copy of my disability support services accommodations letter. I’ll be using a few accommodations in your class, and you can contact either me or the disability office if you have any questions about them."
Discuss this scenario with your student and answer the questions together.
[Have your student discuss his or her predictions. Compare these predictions to the following: Charlie is likely to be a responsible, well-mannered student who communicates clearly and effectively and participates appropriately in class.]
Objective: The student will identify different forms and styles of communication and learn which are appropriate for communicating in various college scenarios.
If so, congratulations!
If not, you may want to research some of the communication topics further. Use the Communication Research Guides to guide your research.