Macmillan Education
Communication Studies for CAPE® Examinations
Sandra Osborne, Veronica Simon
Test Preparation
Communication Studies for CAPE® Examinations
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Communication Studies for CAPE® Examinations has been revised and updated to meet the requirements of the 2011 syllabus.
Students are introduced to the main forms of communication and asked to investigate principle methodologies and their impact on meaning and understanding. The text is written in a concise and focused style and is suitable for students studying CAPE Communication Studies as well as students studying introductory courses in English and Communication at Community Colleges and Universities.

Key features:

• Scope and sequence style contents list mapped to syllabus objectives, with learning objectives clearly stated at the beginning of each chapter
• Investigates language and the way that it is used by all people with some emphasis on Caribbean linguistic diversities and their origins
• Explores how modern technology has affected and continues to affect communication, both positively and negatively
• Comprehensive guide through the processes of different types of writing including speeches and research papers
• CAPE examination practice papers give students the opportunity to review and reinforce what they have learned
• Practice tests and a grammar section allow students to test and check their progress
• Practical activities, definitions, examples and discussions offer clarification on topics and promote learning through investigation

Veronica Simon B.A. English (Hons.), Dip.Ed., M.Phil. Ed, has over 30 years’ experience in education. She has taught English Language and Literature at St Joseph’s Convent (St. Lucia and San Fernando, Trinidad) and English Literature and General Paper at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St. Lucia. She has lectured in the Certificate and Bachelor’s degree in Education programmes at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and is currently Head of the University of the West Indies Open Campus in St. Lucia.

Sandra Osborne B.A. English, Dip.Ed., M.Ed., has worked in education for over 30 years. She taught English at Combermere Secondary School in Barbados and was Head of the English Department. She has taught part-time at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in the Faculty of Humanities and with the Open Campus. She lectured in the Department of Literatures in English at the Barbados Community College and is presently a Curriculum Development Officer there.

Title Page
Unit 1 Describing Communication
Chapter 1 The Communication Process
1.1 What is communication?
1.2 Elements of the communication process
1.3 How the process works
• Encoding
• Selecting medium/channel
• Decoding and interpretation
• Feedback
• Communication barriers and facilitators
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 2 Forms of Communication
2.1 Verbal communication
2.2 Non-verbal communication
• Body language
• Proxemics
• Kinesics
• Chronemics
• Dress
• Graphics and symbols
• Paralanguage
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 3 Contexts of Communication
3.1 Intrapersonal context
3.2 Interpersonal context
3.3 Small group context
• The discussion board
3.4 Organisational context
3.5 Academic context
3.6 Intercultural context
Evaluation and extension
End of unit test 1
Unit 2 Understanding Communication in Society
Chapter 4 Defining Language
4.1 Characteristics of language
4.2 Purposes of language
• Expressive purposes
• Informative purposes
• Cognitive purposes
• Poetic purposes
• Phatic purposes
• Metalinguistic purposes
4.3 Language variation
• Syntax
• Vocabulary
4.4 Creole
• Some characteristics of Caribbean Creole
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 5 Language in Society
5.1 The modern language situation
5.2 Factors influencing language
• Historical factors
• Social factors
• Cultural factors
• Political factors
5.3 Language situation in the Caribbean
5.4 Attitudes to language
5.5 Choice of language
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 6 Technology, Culture and Communication
6.1 Culture and communication
6.2 Technology and communication
6.3 Technology and culture
Evaluation and extension
End of unit test 2
Unit 3 Interpreting Communication
Chapter 7 Comprehending Information
7.1 Process of comprehension
• Pre-reading/listening
• During reading/listening
• Post-reading/listening
7.2 Levels of comprehension
• Literal level
• Interpretive level
• Applied level
7.3 Listening
• The listening process
• Purposes of listening
7.4 Reading
7.5 Applying the levels of comprehension
• Responding to argumentative writing
• Responding to persuasive writing
7.6 Understanding word meaning
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 8 Summarising Information
8.1 Distinguishing main and subsidiary ideas
8.2 Note-making
• Linear outlines
• Graphic organisers
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 9 Researching Information
9.1 Types of research
• Types of primary research
9.2 Data/information
9.3 Instruments
9.4 Population
9.5 Reliability and validity
• Reliability
• Validity
9.6 Evaluating sources
9.7 Acknowledging sources
• Direct quotation
• Paraphrasing
• Précis
• Summary
• Plagiarism
9.8 References and bibliographies
• Citing sources from the Internet
Evaluation and extension
End of unit test 3
Unit 4 Structuring Communication
Chapter 10 Speaking
10.1 Basic speech skills
• Articulation
• Enunciation
• Voice control
• Usage
• Word choice
• Audience–speaker rapport
• Dress
10.2 Preparing speeches
10.3 Components of the speech
• Introduction
• The body
• Conclusion
10.4 Types of speech
• Informative
• Persuasive
• Debates
10.5 Delivering your speech
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 11 Writing
11.1 The writing process
• Pre-writing
• Drafting
• Revising
• Editing and proofreading
11.2 Types of writing
• Literary writing
• Reflective writing
• Expository writing
• Persuasive/argumentative writing
11.3 Writing with style
• Style problems
11.4 Examination tips
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 12 Organising Skills
12.1 Components of academic writing
• The introduction
• The body
• The conclusion
• Linkages
• Internal cohesion
12.2 Formatting business communication
• Memos
• The letter
• The résumé
• The curriculum vitae
• Writing reports
Evaluation and extension
Chapter 13 Applying the Rules
13.1 Sentence structure
13.2 Fragments
13.3 Run-on sentences
13.4 Dangling or misplaced modifiers
13.5 Verbs
• Subject/verb agreement
• Tense
• Active and passive voice
13.6 Pronouns
• Pronoun shifts
13.7 Possessives
13.8 Commonly misused words
13.9 Spelling
13.10 Punctuation
Evaluation and extension
End of unit test 4
Practice examination papers
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