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Communication Essentials Series (4 Parts)

Synopsis
This four-part series helps students improve their communication skills in four critical areas: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Viewers are challenged to improve their habits and aim for several concrete goals - such as the ability to actively participate in discussions and meetings, to craft effective messages in speech or text, to process and understand workplace communication
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2010
Subjects
Education
Keywords
communication skills; listening skills; presentation skills; public speaking; reading skills; study skills; writing skills

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£59.00 each part;£199.00 (series)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
4 x 22 minutes
Year
2010

Sections

Title
Listening Essentials
Synopsis
Highlighting the idea that a major part of good communication is good listening, this programme enables students to improve their listening skills and absorb valuable information. The video identifies the best methods for giving co-workers the attention they deserve and provides eight simple tips that viewers can use to sharpen concentration. These include learning to focus, taking proper notes, putting emotions on hold, avoiding biases and stereotypes, finding a point of interest in a dull but important conversation.
Duration
22 mins

Title
Speaking Essentials
Synopsis
Statistics suggest that many people dread public speaking more than they fear death. This programme shows students ways to overcome that kind of paralysis and transform it into positive energy. These include thorough preparation (from learning the wants and needs of the audience to scoping out the location at which the speech will take place) as well as starting with a strong ‘opener’, finding the right pace, using non-verbal communication.
Duration
22 mins

Title
Writing Essentials
Synopsis
Students who have struggled with written assignments and essay questions may be shocked to learn how much their post-education world revolves around writing. This programme shows how effective written communication is possible for anyone, even those who have trouble completing a simple fax or e-mail. Methods for improvement include gauging the needs of the reader, keeping prose short and simple, emphasising benefits, avoiding jargon and overblown language, employing a confident yet respectful tone.
Duration
22 mins

Title
Reading Essentials
Synopsis
A torrent of e-mails, faxes, memos, reports, contracts, and newsletters threatens to drown the typical office worker in a sea of paper and text. With simple methods for tackling an immense volume of content, this programme helps students learn how to manage reading tasks quickly and efficiently without overlooking important information. Featured tips show viewers how to stay focused, prioritise reading matter, and create a comfortable reading environment - while making the best use of tables of contents, indexes, sub-headings.
Duration
22 mins

Distributor

Name

Films for the Humanities & Sciences

Email
custserv.@films.com
Web
http://ffh.films.com/ External site opens in new window
Fax
+1 609 671 0266
Address
132 West 31st Street, 17th Floor
New York
NY 10001
USA
Notes
Films for the Humanities & Sciences is part of the US-based Films Media Group and specialises in selling programmes aimed at the HE and FE education and training market. The collection has thousands of titles and a range of separate subject catalogues is available in pdf format at http://ffh.films.com/landing.aspx?show=Catalogs/catalog_FFH.htm. Sale on video/DVD or online viewing via the Films on Demand service.
Name

Viewtech Educational Media

Contact
Lynda Morrell
Notes
NB. Viewtech ceased trading in 2014 and the company’s products are no longer in distribution For over 30 years Viewtech distributed programmes from leading specialist educational producers from around the world and since 2002 it included titles previously distributed in the UK by Educational Media Film & Video. The extensive collection covered all subjects within the primary and secondary curriculum and some materials, particularly in the areas of study skills and business, are applicable to further/higher education.

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