Communication Skills 2


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The Communication Skills courses introduce students to basic elements of human communication and related skills by exploring common topics in the field of Communication Studies. From a variety of activities, including short lectures, communication tasks, group discussions, audio and video recordings, and short presentations, students explore communication skills in 4 general sections: 1) vocal, 2) nonvocal, 3) material, and 4) multimodal. It will require about 2 hours per week to complete assignments. 

In Communication Skills 2, students continue their study of fundamental concepts and learn to apply intermediate skills related to communication. Consisting of 4 sections—1) vocal skills, 2) nonvocal skills, 3) material skills, and 4) multimodal skills—students collaborate in a variety of activities to understand and apply the concepts and skills presented in each section. Subsequently, students work in small groups to actively apply what they learned in experiential projects. These projects may include audio and/or video recording, transcription, analysis in project follow-ups, and short class presentations.  


    1. 1.ComSki file

    2. 2.Flash memory (8GB+)

    3. 3.Computer access (computer room schedules)

    4. 4.Moodle

    5. 5.Print materials will be provided by the instructor.


  1. 1. Understand the elements of effective communication;   2. Develop basic communication skills

  2. 3. Increase English ability;   4. Improve basic study, analysis, and presentation skills;

  3. 5. Learn to learn from others

GRADING & ASSIGNMENTS: A+ (90~100), A (80~89), B (70~79), C (60~69), D (~59), F (1/3+ absences)

    1. 1. Preparation & effort: 20 points,  2. Experiential project practice and recordings (4 x 10): 40 points

    2. 3. Experiential project transcription and analyses (4 x 10): 40 points

Week & Assignments:

  1. 1.                     Intros, Syllabus, The modes of communication, ONE: Vocal aspect project intro 

  2. 2.                     Looking at words: Vocal aspect brainstorming, practice conversations, transcription practice 

  3. 3.                     Vocal aspect videoing (Video 1), Vocal aspect follow-up intro  

  4. 4.                     Intro to transcription and analysis, Vocal aspect follow-up (follow-up 1)

  5. 5.                     Intro to sharing analyses, Vocal aspect sharing (sharing 1), TWO: Nonvocal aspect project intro  

  6. 6.                     Variations in body movements: Nonvocal brainstorming, practice, videoing (Video 2)  

  7. 7.                     Body movements and analyses, Nonvocal aspect follow-up (follow-up 2)  

  8. 8.                     Nonvocal aspect sharing (sharing 2), THREE: Material aspect project intro  

  9. 9.                     How we use things: Material brainstorming, practice, videoing (Video 3)  

  10. 10.                     Materials and analyses, Material aspect follow-up (follow-up 3)  

  11. 11.                     Material aspect sharing (sharing 3), FOUR: Multimodal aspect project intro  

  12. 12.                     Pulling it all together: Multimodal communication brainstorming, practice, videoing (Video 4)  

  13. 13.                     Multimodal communication follow-up (follow-up 4)  

  14. 14.                     Multimodal communication sharing (sharing 4)   

  15. 15.                     Multimodal communication final sharing video evaluation, Final self-evaluation