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Communication Critical Skill

Tunnganarniq: The concept of fostering good spirit by being open, welcoming and inclusive

Communication involves sharing ideas through oral, written or non-verbal media. Students engage in formal and informal exchanges with others. Effective communication increasingly involves understanding both local and global perspectives, societal and cultural contexts, and adapting and changing using a variety of media appropriately, responsibly, safely, and with regard to one’s digital footprint. Students demonstrate respect, empathy and responsibility when communicating with others.


  • Expressing ideas or concepts using appropriate language, conventions or protocols
  • Decoding and interpreting ideas or information through verbal or non-verbal formats
  • Demonstrating respect and responsibility when communicating with others
  • Clarifying the purpose or intention of a message in relation to audience context or culture
  • Considering perspectives, emotions and experiences when seeking shared understandings

Indicators of Success

How do we know that students are learning this skill?

Choose the appropriate indicators to add to your Rubric. Students will…

  • Communicate effectively in different contexts in oral and written form in French, Inuktitut and/or English
  • Ask questions to acquire knowledge
  • Communicate using a variety of media
  • Select appropriate digital tools according to purpose
  • Listen to understand all points of view
  • Gain knowledge about a variety of languages
  • Voice opinions and advocates for ideas
  • Write with purpose and clarity
  • Employ graphic interpretation and presentation
  • Listen and observe with respect and understanding
  • Express feelings clearly and honestly
  • Read for understanding
  • Communicate with honesty and authenticity
  • Use an appropriate tone in oral and written communication

Teacher Prompts

What a Coach Might Say to Encourage the development of this skill
  • How can we let others know about our decision/discoveries?
  • Can you summarize what she said?
  • What is your interpretation of that paragraph?
  • Would it have been easier to understand if it was spoken rather than written?
  • How would you outline the points made during this discussion or reading?
  • Can you give an example of what you mean?
  • Can you state that in a different way?
  • What are some other ways you could use to get your idea across?
  • Why is it important to listen?
  • How do you know if someone is listening to you?
  • What is a quality audience?
  • How can the group keep communication going when you are apart?
  • Do you prefer written or oral communication? Why?
  • What do you need before you can communicate?
  • What helps maintain communication?
  • Are we communicating well here? When have we done it best?
  • What does active versus passive communication look like?
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