The Teacher Uses Knowledge of Effective Verbal, Nonverbal, and Media Communication Techniques to Foster Active Inquiry, Collaboration, and Supportive Interaction in the Classroom


  • Knowledge
    • The teacher understands communication theory, language development, and the role of language in learning.
    • The teacher understands how cultural and gender differences can affect communication in the classroom.
    • The teacher recognizes the importance of nonverbal as well as verbal communication.
    • The teacher knows about and can use effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques.
  • Dispositions
    • The teacher recognizes the power of language for fostering self-expression, identity development, and learning. 
    • The teacher values many ways in which people seek to communicate and encourages many modes of communication in the classroom.
    • The teacher is a thoughtful and responsive listener.
    • The teacher appreciates the cultural dimensions of communication, responds appropriately, and seeks to foster culturally sensitive communication by and among all students in the class.
  • Performances
    • The teacher models effective communication strategies in conveying ideas and information and in asking questions (e.g. monitoring the effects of messages, restating ideas and drawing connections, using visual, aural, and kinesthetic cues, being sensitive to nonverbal cues given and received).
    • The teacher supports and expands learner expression in speaking, writing, and other media.
    • The teacher knows how to ask questions and stimulate discussion in different ways for particular purposes, for example, probing for learner understanding, helping students articulate their ideas and thinking processes, promoting risk-taking and problem-solving, facilitating factual recall, encouraging convergent and divergent thinking, stimulating curiosity, helping students to question.
    • The teacher communicates in ways that demonstrate a sensitivity to cultural and gender differences (e.g. appropriate use of eye contact, interpretation of body language and verbal statements, acknowledgment of and responsiveness to different modes of communication and participation).
    • The teacher knows how to use a variety of media communication tools, including audio-visual aids and computers, to enrich learning opportunities.


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