• Communication

    Communication is the engine of life – it connects us to each other, and to the world that surrounds us.

  • We listen to understand the communication

    We listen to understand the communication of others. Listening engages our attention, our knowledge of language, and our ability to observe non-verbal cues expressed through the voice, facial expression and body language. We perceive and process language in order to understand verbal messages.

  • We speak to communicate

    We speak to communicate with others. We ask for things; point out our interests; express opinions, thoughts and feelings; protest; describe experiences; recount events; share our knowledge and ideas; and influence others. We string speech sounds into meaningful words and use language to convey messages to others, and to ourselves.

  • We Read

    We read to learn, and for pleasure. The ability to decode words and understand text develops from solid linguistic foundations including the ability to discriminate and manipulate discrete speech sounds; understand sound-symbol relationship; apply knowledge of grammar, word meanings and relationships.

  • We Write

    We write to inform and to share knowledge, points of view, and experiences, real or imagined. The same language skills that we use to express ourselves orally are required for written expression. The task is much more complex, however. Our message must be planned, clearly organized and involves careful word choice.