Lesson Objectives

In this lesson, you will learn about verbal communication, the first of the two types of communication. Verbal communication is the clear and accurate sending of information, instructions or commands that involves words.

Words are found in books, magazines, newspapers, and other reading materials.When you read, you come across words or sentences that may be difficult to understand. One technique that can help you comprehend or test yourself if you really understand what you are reading is by paraphrasing. To paraphrase is to say in your own words the ideas presented in something written or spoken.

Do you remember when we were young, and our parents would ask us to do errands for them? They would give us instructions on what to buy. After giving instructions, they would tell us to repeat it. Our parents made sure that we got the instructions right so we would not buy something that wasn't needed. Repeating the instructions back to our parents, believe it or not, is very similar to paraphrasing. By paraphrasing, we showed our parents that we understood the instructions they gave us.

After studying this lesson, you should be able to:
♦ define and explain the meaning of paraphrase;

♦ identify and explain the tool used in paraphrasing; and

♦ explain the importance of paraphrasing in our daily lives.

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