Ways to Communicate

Age Range: 5 - 16

Discuss different ways of communicating:

  • home telephones,
  • mobile phone calls,
  • texting,
  • letter writing,
  • chat rooms,
  • email,
  • sign language,
  • morse code...

Identify how each type of communication is used, and the benefits / drawbacks of each:

  • Is it face-to-face?
  • Is it instant communication, or do you have to wait for a response?
  • Is it free / costly?
  • Is it formal / informal?

You could also identify which types of communication are appropriate for different purposes (would your teacher contact your mum / dad via letter / chat room etc?).

Pupils could make a chart to show the different ways that are appropriate to communicate with different people (e.g. parents, teachers, doctor, shopkeeper).

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