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Ch 11: MEGA English: Engaging in Collaborative Discussions

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The lessons contained in this chapter will help you study essential information on collaborative discussions. All of the information presented here will be included on the MEGA English examination.

MEGA English: Engaging in Collaborative Discussions - Chapter Summary

Prior to taking the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) English exam, you'll need to have a comprehensive understanding of ways to engage in collaborative discussions. Fortunately, this chapter will provide you with specific lessons that go over all information you'll need to know for this part of the exam. Some of the subtopics that will be discussed in the lessons include:

  • Questions, topics and activities for group discussions
  • Preparing for a panel
  • Contributing to discussions
  • Understanding multiple perspectives
  • The communication process
  • Oral, nonverbal and one-way communication
  • Ineffective communication and ways to improve communication skills
  • Types of questions
  • Responding to feedback

The chapter contains video lessons that will go over all of these points, as well as practice quizzes you can use you prepare for the exam itself. You'll find the MEGA English examination much less intimidating once you let us help you prepare for it!

15 Lessons in Chapter 11: MEGA English: Engaging in Collaborative Discussions
Group Discussion: Questions, Topics and Activities

1. Group Discussion: Questions, Topics and Activities

Have you ever found it difficult to start a group discussion? Or once you've started one, have you ever found it hard to keep it interesting? This lesson provides some basic parameters for what makes a quality group discussion, examples of good questions that promote good conversation, and methods that help keep the discussion interesting.

Coming to a Discussion Prepared

2. Coming to a Discussion Prepared

How do you come to a discussion ready to share your point of view? What if you still have a lot of unanswered questions? This lesson describes tips for getting ready to engage with others about topics, texts, and issues.

How to Contribute to a Discussion

3. How to Contribute to a Discussion

In this lesson we explore some of the best ways to contribute meaningfully to classroom discussion, from making sure you are prepared to making sure your answers are concise.

Demonstrating an Understanding of Multiple Perspectives

4. Demonstrating an Understanding of Multiple Perspectives

In order to live or lead peacefully in a multicultural society, it's important to show that you understand multiple perspectives. This is an especially difficult problem in the U.S. today. We'll learn about this using examples from current political events.

Communicating in Team-Based Organizations

5. Communicating in Team-Based Organizations

The key to successful teams is the ability to communicate effectively. All business teams must learn to communicate, listen, ask questions and offer feedback.

The Communication Process

6. The Communication Process

This lesson describes the process of communication. Terms such as sender, receiver, channel, encoding, decoding, noise, and feedback will be defined and explained with examples.

Oral Communication: Definition, Types & Advantages

7. Oral Communication: Definition, Types & Advantages

Oral communication is the process of expressing information or ideas by word of mouth. Learn more about the types and benefits of oral communication, and find out how you can improve your own oral communication abilities.

One-Way Communication: Definition, Advantages & Examples

8. One-Way Communication: Definition, Advantages & Examples

Communication involves the transfer of information from one party to another. This lesson discusses one-way communication and its advantages and applications.

How Perception Influences the Communication Process

9. How Perception Influences the Communication Process

Perception's effect on the communication process is all about how the same message can be interpreted differently by different people. Distortions, such as stereotypes, projections and halo effects, all affect worker relationships and productivity.

Ineffective Group Communication in Groups

10. Ineffective Group Communication in Groups

Ineffective group communication can dramatically impact the productivity and workplace success of a company. There are five factors that need to be addressed in order for groups to work together effectively.

Understanding the Nonverbal Communication of Group Members

11. Understanding the Nonverbal Communication of Group Members

Nonverbal communication can be difficult to comprehend in group business environment. Subtle cues are often missed, which can easily have verbal messages misunderstood. There are five key functions of nonverbal communication that can help identify potential issues in communication.

Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

12. Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

Self-disclosure, listening, and nonverbal communication are three important conversation strategies people use. This lesson will discuss what they are, how they may be interpreted, and some tips for improving them.

Probing Questions: Types & Examples

13. Probing Questions: Types & Examples

Want someone to open up? In this lesson, we will learn about probing questions and how they are used to elicit answers that are based on critical thinking and/or personal feelings.

Loaded Question: Definition & Examples

14. Loaded Question: Definition & Examples

They might seem harmless, but loaded questions can be almost as treacherous as a loaded gun. Find out more about these rhetorical assassins in this lesson, where you'll also see a couple of them in action!

Giving and Responding to Constructive Feedback

15. Giving and Responding to Constructive Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback in a work environment allows individuals to understand how they are performing in their job. There are suggestions that individuals can follow to better understand how to deal with criticism.

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