The course is designed to address those areas that students need to develop for effective and successful learning at tertiary level. Using a functional, communicative approach, the course strives to equip students with skills for competent and effective communication and promote the students’ personal and academic development. The course is also designed to promote the acquisition of skills required in coping with the demands of academic studies such as basic study skills and time management. Some of the topics to be covered will include defining communication and the communication process; communication models, ethics and communication, intercultural communication, characteristics of non-verbal communication, communication and leadership, communication and gender, communication and self-concept. The four basic language skills to be covered are: listening, speaking, reading and academic writing. Specific topics will include exploring active listening and developing the listening skill, mastering public speaking, organizing a speech as well as identifying purposes for speaking. The communication process in reading will cover: reading strategies and approaches for example, the Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review, Relate, Rewrite, Respond and Question (SQ5R) technique. Under academic writing, students will explore the different types of writing, organizing a piece of writing, understanding assignment titles (cue words) and editing of a written piece of work. Referencing styles for example, Chicago, American Psychological Association (APA), Harvard and Modern Languages Association (MLA) will also be covered. Students will also be introduced to Information Literacy Skills (ILS). The ILS component enables students to develop skills in finding, evaluating and integrating information from a variety of sources.
- Lecturer: Goodwill Nera