COM­MU­NI­CA­TION

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JOYCE P. JIMENEZ

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion refers to the in­ter­change of thoughts and propo­si­tions with the in­ten­tion of con­vey­ing in­for­ma­tion. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a two way path that in­cludes vo­cal­iza­tion as well as ges­tic­u­la­tion. The aim of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is to con­vey one’s be­liefs, ideas, thoughts or needs with clar­ity and co­her­ence so as to reach a unity, sol­i­dar­ity ora mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tion. The im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills can­not be un­der­val­ued. It has been known and writ­ten in history, that long be­fore when lan­guage was yet to be in­vented, peo­ple used hand ges­tures and body lan­guage to con­verse with one anot her

The role of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is crucial in this process of re­la­tion­ships. An ex­am­ple of a ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion is lan­guage. It is a process that each and ev­ery one of us learns from birth, and con­tin­ues to use it un­til our death. Lan­guage is sig­nif­i­cantly a set of signs and sym­bols which have def­i­nite fixed mean­ings, evolved in each so­ci­ety. It is this fixed de­no­ta­tion which makes lan­guages so vi­tal and im­por­tant. The signs or sym­bols may be words, sounds, ges­tures, light sig­nals, fa­cial ex­pres­sions, body pos­tures, and ge­o­met­ri­cal signs. These signs can be vis­ual or au­di­tory, ver­bal or non-ver­bal. The com­po­si­tion of our lan­guage gives us the power for ab­stract and meta­phys­i­cal think­ing. Be­cause of this we are able to ex­pand our in­tel­lect and progress as a so­ci­ety.

Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are a re­quire­ment for pro­fes­sion­als, in all as­pects of life. For in­stance in teach­ing; com­mu­ni­ca­tion is im­por­tant for stu­dents to com­pre­hend ev­ery lessons that the teacher dis­cusses. More­over, lan­guage shapes re­al­ity, and it lim­its what ideas and no­tions are avail­able in a spe­cific sit­u­a­tion. In all as­pects of our lives we en­gage with, with­stand, and re­frame with, the mean­ings avail­able through lan­guage, to give mean­ing to ev­ery as­pect of our lives. Ideas and in­tel­lects avail­able through lan­guage shape our prac­tice in a dif­fer­ent ways in ev­ery­day interactions. The lack of ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills has a neg­a­tive im­pact on the pro­fes­sional as well as per­sonal life of a per­son.

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The au­thor is Teacher II at Pam­panga High School

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