Alpha Omega Publications LIFEPAC titled Essentials of Communication - A Guide to Interacting Effectively in Today's World™ is an excellent resource for the homeschool high school classroom. My daughter thrives on self-paced individualized learning formats, and these consumable LIFEPACs were excellent in meeting her needs in understanding and putting into practice the life skills taught in this series
These LIFEPACs contain practical applications in the form of exercises and projects that allow students to practice their new communication skills. From writing and presenting a speech to conducting interviews and attending local meetings; practice and observation is recommended to reinforce the concepts. This set is designed for high school level students aiming to equip them with the knowledge and understanding that will enable them to set and reach goals for their personal and professional relationships and strengthen their sense of self. Even before my daughter was finished with the set, I noticed a huge difference in her communication skills, especially in new settings and around new people. Once a shy introvert, she is now more willing to share her thoughts and feelings and enter into conversations that would have intimidated her in the past. She is finding her voice and is able to face the challenges of communication with more grace and confidence. I attribute these new skills and self esteem to Essentials of Communication from Alpha Omega.
This course is designed to show students how to successfully interact with others in varied settings. Whether we are with friends, on the job, at church, personal, professional, or in public, everybody needs effective communication skills! Your high school students using this course can learn how to express themselves clearly and concisely. They will expand their knowledge about interpersonal relationships, group dynamics and public speaking. The study also involves the physiology of communications, communication theories, and language characteristics.
Units contain practical application exercises that allow students to practice new skills learned. For example, students may write a speech and present it, conduct interviews, or attend local community meetings to practice and observe communication. This course aims to equip students with knowledge that enables them to reach personal and professional goals, develop relationships, fulfill social obligations, and strengthen their sense of self. I would recommend this study if your student is in high school and enjoys the self-paced workbook environment. Although this is designed for grades 9 - 12, I would recommend that your student have a good vocabulary and is self-motivated. The set consists of 5 LIFEPACs and a Teacher's Guide. The units are Communication Foundations, Language Characteristics, Interpersonal Relationships, Understanding Groups, and Presenting and Interpreting Public Messages.
-- Product Review by: Heather Peake, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
LIFEPAC: Essentials of Communication: A Guide to Interacting Effectively in Today's World
By: Alpha Omega Publishers
Alpha Omega Publications
300 North McKemy Avenue
Chandler, AZ 85226-2618
LIFEPAC: Essentials of Communication: A Guide to Interacting Effectively in Today's World is a relatively new course designed to teach 9th through 12th grade students how to be successful in their interactions with others in personal, professional, and public settings. The study is presented in five units including:
Communication Foundations: A foundational unit that presents the basic theories and practices of communication skills.
Language Characteristics: A study of how language is interpreted, looking at verbal and nonverbal levels and the role it plays in our communication with others.
Interpersonal Relationships: A practical application of the theory of interpersonal communications, conflict resolution, and clarity in communication with others.
Understanding Groups: A discussion of group dynamics, how to build strong teams, how to be a good team member, and the triumphs and pitfalls of team interaction.
Presenting and Interpreting Public Messages: An organized approach to developing speeches and presentations, then dealing with the stress and practical requirements of presenting the message in public.
Each of the units provides academic information with real-life applications and has some excellent exercises. For example, there are opportunities for students to write and present speeches, conduct interviews, and practice skills for effective communication.
I think this is a well-organized treatment of communication and would be worthwhile for any student.