Communication Links

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This page provides links to an eclectic mix of thought-provoking and information-rich websites relevant to life-based learning.

Many of them are websites with teaching resources for immediate use in the classroom. Others were particularly helpful when putting together this website.

All of them demonstrate an interest in children being involved in life-based learning.

Please note that a link here is not an endorsement of the concept of life-based learning or of MAC.


Policy and guidance support for children learning how to communicate effectively

Communication involves interaction on a variety of levels

businessdictionary.com

A history of communication (USA)

https://smallbusiness.chron.com/technology-communicate-27322.html

Non-verbal communication explained (USA)

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships-communication/nonverbal-communication.htm

Information about paralanguage

https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-paralanguage.htm

Information about body language

https://www.businessballs.com/self-awareness/body-language/

Information about verbal communication skills

https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/verbal-communication.html

Oracy Cambridge campaigns for effective spoken communication

https://oracycambridge.org/

Article about a ‘million-word gap’ for children who are not read to at home

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404074947.htm

Two articles on the importance of writing skills

https://study.com/articles/Why_Writing_Skills_are_More_Important_Than_Ever.html

https://www.rlf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RLFwritingmatters.pdf

Article on interpersonal skills involving all aspects of communication

https://www.skillsyouneed.com/interpersonal-skills.html

An interesting take on support for the careers of women, including a section on developing communication skills (USA)

https://careerwise.asu.edu/?q=home

An example of body language use in life (UK)

http://www.stroke4carers.org/?p=280

The Kids’ Storytelling Club (USA)

http://www.storycraft.com/

Practical material to use in the classroom

Article about the effective use of paralanguage in teaching (UK)

https://oracycambridge.org/2018/09/19/teaching-tone-of-voice/

An article on teaching children body language (Canada)

https://www.theatrefolk.com/blog/nonverbal-communication-exercises/

An excellent page from BBC Teach about teaching speaking and listening with downloadable resources (UK)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/skillswise/communication-skills/z669f4j

Advice for teachers on speaking and listening (USA)

https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/speaking-listening-techniques/

Advice from I CAN, a children’s communication charity (UK)

https://ican.org.uk/i-cans-talking-point/

Access to a huge database of resources (UK)

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/about-the-trust/what-do-we-do/

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources/resources-for-practitioners/communicating-the-curriculum

Articles about why writing is important for children (USA)

https://www.inspiringlifedreams.com/why-writing-is-important-for-kids/

https://pambarnhill.com/writing-importance-young-children/

Teaching resources site including information on types of writing (USA)

https://www.teach-nology.com/themes/lang_arts/typesofwriting

Article about the need for technology in the classroom (USA)

https://www.securedgenetworks.com/blog/10-Reasons-Today-s-Students-NEED-Technology-in-the-Classroom