Quick summary: The Worlds of Work unit connects secondary school students of all ages with life beyond school by investigating the question: “What does it take to succeed in life and work?” In this lesson, students will watch a short video about the benefits of good communication in the workplace and then explore their initial thoughts on the topic in a stand-on-the-line activity. They will consider the different elements of face-to-face communication and work in small groups to develop positive communication skills. Students will then watch a second short film that highlights what effective handshakes look like and experiment with their own handshake. Finally, students will focus on the importance of positive communication in the world of work.
These are transferable skills that enable young people to engage with a complex world and navigate the challenges they will inherit. They’re not just for entrepreneurs; they are skills that are required in many jobs. They have been found to be a powerful predictor of long-term job success.
Who could teach this lesson?
Any teacher who:
- Believes that the end-game of secondary education is to prepare young people to thrive in the world of work
- Thinks that general capabilities should be part of each school subject
- Is feeling unsure about how to teach real-world skills in their classroom
- Understands that school is not practice – it’s real training for what’s in store after
- Wants students to find real connections between subject content (technical skills) and the general skills they need to be able use those technical skills.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
This lesson can be used with all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, however it has been explicitly mapped to the English and Work Studies content strands.
Year 7 English
- Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)
Year 8 English
- Analyse and explain how language has evolved over time and how technology and the media have influenced language use and forms of communication (ACELY1729)
- Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects (ACELY1808)
Year 9 English
- Understand that roles and relationships are developed and challenged through language and interpersonal skills (ACELA1551)
- Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes, for example to entertain and to persuade, and analyse how language features of these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways (ACELY1740)
- Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
Year 10 English
- Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)
Year 9 Work Studies
- Describe the implications of individual learning preferences for learning at home, school, work and in the community (ACWSCL002)
- Identify the attitudes and skills required for self-directed and lifelong learning (ACWSCL003)
- Plan and implement strategies and processes to improve their learning and enhance the potential to realise their aspirations and personal wellbeing (ACWSCL005)
- Explain the importance of teamwork and collaboration in school, community and work-related contexts (ACWSCL009)
- Identify types of entrepreneurial behaviours and their opportunities for application to 21st century work and enterprise (ACWSCL010)
- Recognise the importance of self-awareness in career and life design (ACWSCL013)
Year 10 Work Studies
- Explain the range of skills and attributes necessary to work effectively in the 21st century (ACWSCL025)
Topic: Enterprise Learning
Unit of work: Worlds of Work
Time required: 90 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate student discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Printed copies of Parts of Communication Diagrams for each group. Communication Pie Chart and Communication Pie Chart with statistics presentations. Two sheets of paper – one with AGREE and one with DISAGREE written on it, masking tape or length of rope/string.
Keywords: communication, voice, body language, tone, presentation.
This lesson has been developed in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.