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February 14th, 2013, 02:07 PM   #1
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Communication Skills

Being a teacher (up to A Level in the UK), it drives me bonkers how pupils and students keep on writing their solutions in ways that are nearly incomprehensible to follow.
As much as I remind them, demonstrate, correct and mark their work, asking then to include big words such as "let", "if", "it follows", "so", "thus", "hence", "yields", "as required", etc it seems to be to little avail.

Has anyone got or come across any resources or ideas of how to persuade students to set out solutions to problems then I'd be extremely grateful.
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April 14th, 2013, 10:07 PM   #2
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Re: Communication Skills

Communication skills are definitely the most important skills required in anyone's relationship whether it be intimate or family relationships, friend relationships or career relationships. So what we need is to find out what these skills consist of and start up with communication skills training.
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Re: Communication Skills

When I taught some college level linguistics, I had a student whose essays were consistently borderline word salad. Trying to figure out what she was even trying to say was generally hopeless. These essays were for "extra credit" and when she didn't get the extra credit (oh, I threw a point or two her way for trying), she demanded to know why. When I said that her writing was simply incoherent, she bitterly complained that this isn't a writing course! Uh, but the reason they make you take a writing course is to impart a skill that you can then USE elsewhere. Nope! She took the writing course. That's done now. Over. Not relevant anymore.

You bet.

I suspect the best way to get people to communicate well is to expose them to good communication and hope they catch the spirit. Maybe some drills with easy problems so that communicating the answer is the main challenge could help.

In day to day life, one of my main peeves are people who, once you utter some word that reminds them of something, MUST immediately break in full chatter, even though you are only 1/3 through what you urgently needed to tell them.

A: Someone was just hit by a van outside! We need ...
B: A van? What kind? My uncle just bought a van! You know, the uncle I was telling you about. You know, the one with two sets of nipples? Well, he ....
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