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Content: Language and Communication


Humans are social creatures. We need to communicate with other people—for work, school, safety, and well-being. And most people like talking with others. We like to share:

  • conversation,
  • stories,
  • information,
  • ideas,
  • jokes,
  • opinions.

Communication includes:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing 
  • Reading
  • Non-verbal communication (gestures, facial expressions, or tone of voice)
  • Signed languages

2-way Communication:

Receptive and expressive language are terms used to capture the two-way nature of communication.

Here’s another thing:

People’s receptive language (listening and reading) is usually more advanced than their expressive language (speaking and writing).


This is true no matter their age or education level! People usually understand more words and ideas (as receptive language) than they actually use in their speech and writing (expressive language).

Module: Helping Students Read (Clone)

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