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Language and communication


The principal communicates effectively to develop and maintain positive partnerships with students, families and carers. The principal recognises appropriate modes of communication within a given context and uses effective strategies to promote and sustain improvement.

The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness about the impact our language has on audiences particularly school-based audiences, and remind people that effective communication contributes to positive school cultures.



This activity may be delivered across a number of sessions and by flexible means. Prior to this activity copy a few school newsletters and a few student reports (removing any names) onto a storage device, or as hard copies.

  1. As an introduction to this activity, view the short video titled Amy Cuddy: Your body language shares who you are http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.htmlExternal Link
  2. Using the Communication skills: presentation notes (PDF, 272KB) review the presentation Communication skills prezi.com/2l_ndsaajtbz/communication-skillsExternal Link and discuss the questions on the final slide.
  3. Ask participants if they think they are communicating effectively? Complete the Communication quiz www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCS_99.htmExternal Link
  4. Ask the participants to check their results with the score interpretation. Are the participants happy with the results?
  5. Copy part of the latest newsletter text into Wordle www.wordle.netExternal Link
    What key words come up? Are they positive?
  6. Repeat this communication review process with student reports.

An additional activity could be to listen to a podcast called How language shapes thought on ABC Radio National
www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/how-language-shapes-thought/4329212#transcriptExternal Link


This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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