EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION LESSON PLAN
1. Introduce the topic by writing the quotation from Bernard Shaw on the board or flip chart.
2. Ask students to draw three boxes in a row on a page in their notebook. Tell them to label box i: sender; box ii: medium; box iii: receiver.
3. Say that these three stages of communication need careful attention because things can go wrong at each stage and so misunderstandings can occur. Ideally, the boxes need a two-way flow of information to create a virtuous loop. Ask them to put arrows from left to right above the boxes and arrows from right to let beneath them.
4. Explain that the sender encodes the message, chooses the medium for transmitting it and the receiver gets the message. This is the flow from left to right. Then the receiver has to decode the message. The message should ideally send some feedback to the sender to indicate what has been understood. This represents the lower flow of information. Now the sender can judge if the message has been properly understood and, if it has not, can re-encode the message and start the process again. The diagram shows that communication is a two-way process.
5. Distribute the
reading comprehension passage and give the students ten minutes to read it and raise any points of discussion.
6. Ask the students to answer the questions.
7. Check the answers.
8. Have the students compile the diagram required in question 7.
Ask students to discuss with a partner any situations they have experienced as sender or receiver of a message when the communication was misunderstood. They should consider how the misunderstanding could have been avoided in the light of what they have learned.
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