Grade 13 - Electives

Essentials of Communication (Credit: 0.50)

Essentials of Communication: A Guide to Interacting Effectively in Today's World™ is a five‐unit elective course for high school students. The materials cover fundamentals of the communication process important for successful interaction in a variety of social and professional settings. Students can use the course to gain and apply knowledge about communication theories, characteristics of language and language use, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, and public speaking in order to interact more effectively with others. The course seeks to help students expand their knowledge and skills as communicators so that they may achieve the following goals:    Know and understand aspects of communication theories and processes appropriate to both social and professional settings.  Use interpersonal communication strategies appropriately in social and professional settings.  Effectively communicate in social and professional group settings.  Plan, prepare, deliver, and evaluate formal and informal personal and professional presentations. In attaining these goals, students will be better equipped to use communication to hone other life skills, including exchanging information, fulfilling social obligations, developing relationships, and understanding and meeting the needs of others.