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In support of the university’s efforts to nurture able communicators amongst our students, this bumper issue features articles on Developing Our Students’ Communication Skills. It includes introductions to upcoming initiatives by CDTL and the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) to enhance our students’ ability to communicate effectively, and also features contributions from colleagues throughout NUS as well as from the industry, in which they will share communication skills courses or collaborations they are currently running in their respective domains and the challenges they face in helping their students develop these core skills.

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Upcoming initiatives in NUS to Develop Students' Communication Skills
Communication Skills for the Global Marketplace
Associate Professor Chng Huang Hoon
Director, CDTL

“It’s exciting to believe that we live in times that are so revolutionary that they demand new and different abilities. But in fact, the skills students need in the 21st century are not new.”... Continue reading

Communication Training Beyond the English Language Class
Associate Professor Wu Siew Mei
Director, Centre for English Language Communication (CELC)

The clear exchange of ideas in any interactive context has a fundamental role to play to facilitate successful transactions… Continue reading

Views from the Institution and the Industry: On Writing Skills

Teaching Communication Matters: Importance, Methods and Challenges of Teaching Communication Skills

Dr Linda M. Perry
Communications and New Media Programme - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

It is hard to overstate the importance of teaching good communication skills at a world-class university whose basic mission is… Continue reading

Enhancing Effective Communication Among NUS Pharmacy Undergraduates – An Intercollegiate Collaboration

Associate Professor Chui Wai Keung and Ms Tan Mui Ling
Department of Pharmacy - Faculty of Science
Ms Goh Khong Phong, Happy and Ms Dara Leah Richard
Centre for English Language Communication (CELC)
Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who possess domain knowledge in drug substances, medicinal products and patient-centred medication management that allow them a variety of career paths…Continue reading

Views from the Institution and the Industry: On Oral and Listening Skills
Effective Communication and the Law Student
Professor Alan K.J. Tan
Faculty of Law

It is often assumed that the law student has adequate, even superior communication skills, and that there is little that professors and instructors need to do to enhance these skills… Continue reading

Using the “Daily Bad Habit Tracking Exercise” to Reduce Barriers to Listening
Dr Esther C.L. Goh
Department of Social Work - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
This article discusses the core module SW2105 “Relationship Skills and Social Work”, a practice module which is a prerequisite for all social work major students before they can register for their first field placement… Continue reading

Views from the Institution and the Industry: Adopting a Holistic Approach
The Art of Communication: Lessons We Can Learn From Sports
Mr Bob Chua
FASS Alumnus and CEO, Venture8 Pte Ltd

“If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of speech, for by it I will regain all the rest.”…Continue reading

Developing The Communication Skills of Undergraduate Law Students
Associate Professor Burton Ong
Faculty of Law
Communication skills are perhaps the most important facet of an aspiring lawyer’s training…Continue reading

Rethinking “Communication”
Dr Lo Mun Hou
University Scholar’s Programme
Oddly enough, I do not teach communication skills per se…Continue reading