Students using laptop in cafeWelcome to module 7, Communication. This module will cover areas of verbal, nonverbal communication, conflict and team building. It is imperative that youth today be able to communicate effectively with not only their peers, but also adults in their respective communities. This module will discuss and provide activities for communicating effectively in a variety of settings. Bloom (1998) describes communication development as guided by the need for relevancies (communicating what is important, discrepancy (seeking to establish consistency of information), and elaboration (learning more complex language skills). Communication is essentially a symbol-manipulating important sources of information.

The activities in this section will not only assist youth in practice and recognition of how they provide information to others, but also assisting them in considering how others may prefer to receive information. With recognition and practice, communication can be learned and strengthened. Verbal communication involves sounds, language, and tone of voice; Nonverbal involves facial expressions, body language, and posture.

Additional areas covered in this module are conflict and team building. It is important in communication to be able to deal with conflict and to communicate effectively in times of conflict. In addition, communication if very effective in teambuilding.

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