Types of Communication

Types of Communication

Verbal Communication: Language is an important vehicle of communication. We send message through the language. Words in them are nothing but symbols. They carry with them certain meanings and these meanings are important for the communicators. Words are supposed to carry with them direct and explicit meaning.

Verbal Communication –

However it is not necessary that the messages sent should be received words in themselves are nothing but symbols. They carry with them certain messages and these meaning are important for the communication. However according to Montessori Course, “Communication does not transmit a meaning.” Meanings are not transmittable nor transferable only messages are transmittable and meanings are not in the message but in the message users.

According to Early Childhood Care and Education words pick up additional meaning when they are spoken. The information, pitch of the voice of the speaks adds new dimensions to the meanings of the words. Further dimensions to the meanings of the same words are added when the receiver is allowed to see the speaker.

In fact, here the facial expressions and gestures of the speaker ass additional meaning to the same words. It is said that “an encoded message and a decoded message can never be identical”.

Because of this nature of language, a number of problems are created in communication because of which miscommunication may result one of way to sacrifice this problem is to use the language as precisely as possible.

For example – If teacher says Santa is a good girl, the “good student”, may mean different meaning to different students in class. Hence teacher should communicate successfully by giving definition of a good girl and give example of goodness of Santa and thus explain further.

Here it should be noted that receiver also play equally important role in making communication successful. Active efforts in understanding the message are expected on the part of receiver. Communication will be more successful of receiver asks questions and at times “repeats the message” to the source.

Writing and reading communication – This is second important part of verbal communication. In this type of experience, the decoder is physically separated from the encoder all the time and yet the decoder is able to enjoy and appreciate the feelings of the author. However its drawback is that immediate doubts cannot be cleared and there is no scope to know the facial expressions of both the encoder and decoder. This type of communication occurs in reading newspapers, magazines, books etc.

Thus in classroom situation, there is combination of oral and written both type of verbal communication. In this type of experience, the decoder is physically separated from the encoder all the time and yet the decoder is able to enjoy and appreciate the feelings of the author. However its drawback is that immediate doubts cannot be cleared and there is no scope to know the facial expressions of both the encoder and decoder. This type of communication occurs in reading newspapers, magazines, books etc.

Even in the absence of words non-verbal signs have great power of transmitting messages. Non-verbal communication may seem of small importance when compared with verbal communication. But when we look at it closely we discover that it is extremely prevalent often non-verbal signal carries the real impact of message.