Interpersonal Communication In A Primary School Teacher

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Interpersonal communication remains a fundamental aspect in the functioning of a primary education institution as it lightens the load upon the shoulders of teachers. The author in this write up will therefore discuss the significance of interpersonal communication to a primary school teacher. Among the aspects to be unfolded to detail are psychological functions, social and influential functions of interpersonal communication but equally the important, the writer will also highlight issues such as distortion of message by gestures, high probability of child abuse cases and finally inability of the teacher to communicate effectively. Key terms to be defined are interpersonal communication.

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On this note, it is of great importance to realise that interpersonal communication is a mutual reinforcing we engage in together with those that we communicate with. In simpler terms through interpersonal communication one is able to affect others by what they say or do. For instance when teaching the reading macro skill in English language learners are most likely learn most of the aspects such as pronunciations, reading speed as well as phonation through imitating the teacher. Therefore, it is through interpersonal communication that teachers are able to teach that which they might not be in good position to explain verbally through leading as an example. Apart from that, the teacher is able to recognise the attention he is getting from the learners as the lesson unfolds which will assist him to emphasise on key concepts through gestures and facial expression for consolidation. It would be therefore a challenge for primary school teacher to teach without making use of interpersonal…show more content…
This is supported by Wentzel and Looney (2007) who views that having language disorders may stray the real essence of a message. For instance, a teacher may have problems in phonating or pronouncing words appropriately. This is likely to affect the learning process of subjects such as languages since learners have a tendency of capturing more information through imitating. Instead of focusing on the ideal concept being learnt, the learners are strayed by poor phonation and articulation of words by the teacher. In addition to that, the teacher may speak or read too fast for the level of the learner`s understanding. As a result learners suffer from lack of knowledge while all the due requirements at school are provided by the parents such as fees. It therefore implies that while interpersonal communication is vital to teachers, the competence of the teacher may determine the academic

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