Communication skill training course for female students who received the Teillon Ludlow Scholarship program 2017

On June 13, 2017

On Sunday afternoon, 19th March 2017, in Meeting room 222 in the Faculty Office, the Center for Education and Development (CED) collaborated with  An Giang University to organize a training program for 44 students who received the Teillon-Ludlow scholarship at An Giang University. The topic was: ”Enhancing communication skills”.

A student from the Teillon Ludlow scholarship program participated in the training session.

A student from the Teillon Ludlow scholarship program participated in the training session.

Dr. Tran Le Dang Phuong trained the session and covered lots of basic contents, such as everyone has the same opportunity, preparing for communication is like preparing to go into the desert, personal personality when communicating (to promote strengths and  overcome weaknesses), prudence when writing emails, telephone communication skills, communication with foreigners, openness, communication with men by showing confidence and equality.

The program began with the game: “everyone has the same opportunity”. Each student was given a paper heart and had to write their name with an adjective reduplication (in Vietnamese) to describe themselves, for instance: Minh is strong (mạnh mẽ), Duong is gentle (dịu dàng), Linh is cold (lạnh lùng)… After that, the students put their heart on the left-hand side of their shirt and introduced themselves during the game. Through this, the students learn about confidence, hospitality, to give their information accurately, politely and fully. This is a necessary skill.

Students had to stick the paper heart on left-hand of skirt and introduced themselves in time that a matchstick burning.

Students had to stick the paper heart on left-hand of skirt and introduced themselves in time that a matchstick burning.

In the game “Preparing to go to the desert”, student divided into four groups and asked to draw the necessary items they would need if they were to go into the desert. After that, each group sent two members to present their drawings. The students needed to organize to play this game, similar to how they would prepare for the appointment: be punctual, always smile, keep calm and be confident, polite, courteous, considerate, and to make a good first impression. Through this activity, the students understood that succeeding in communication requires a personal style: creating the first impression depends on talent and preparation.

Dr. Tran Le Dang Phuong talked about the fears that people have and guided the students on how to overcome the fear of communication and how to communicate successfully when the students have the presentation. He also instructed the students to draw objects to match their personality. This activity helps the students practice their communication, speech, tone, speed, intensity, style, eye contact, facial expressions, and smile.

It also helped the students to grasp the standards of social communication: self-esteem and respect for others, trust but not too trustful, to know how to express yourself, do not lower others to promote yourself, honest but not careless, careful but not fussy, energetic but not talkative, careful when talking to avoid hurting others; strict with yourself but generous with others.

Near the end of the training session, they also played a  ”Shipwreck Game”. The class divided into four groups and when a ship sunk, they could rescue only five people.  They had to choose the top five survivors and give reasons as to why.

The training course provided a cheerful and exciting atmosphere for the female students. Dr Tran Le Dang Phuong not only gave the students lessons in communication through the games but also inspired students through easy to understand lessons on how to communicate through email and telephone, and with foreigners and men.

Although it was only one session, the content was very useful and made a good impression on the female students who attended. Hopefully, this soft skills training program will be widely deployed for the students at An Giang University.