Communication Challenges

MQF Level: 4

ECTS Value: 2 ECTS

Duration: 4 Sessions

Contact Hours: 10

Self Study Hours: 28

Assessment Hours: 12


Module Description

The aim of this module is to focus on providing educators with basic introductory knowledge on the area of communication. Course participants will appreciate the function of communication in the lives of learners that they will be supporting.

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a. Ensure that the learner is included in the school community through theimplementation of essential strategies for him/her to understand what is happening as well as expressing needs, wants etc;
b. Create resources to aid the student communicate better in class;
c. Guide students on how to best use technological aids.


a. Detail the typical development of language and manifestations of delayed or atypical language development;

b. Determine the process and reasons of communication in order to be able to identify when there is a breakdown or a communication barrier;

c. Identify various modes of communication and various AAC aides that can be utilised in order to establish a functional communication system;

d. Identify possible communication challenges that a learner will present within the presence of a condition or disability;

e. Identify possible communication opportunities throughout the school day whereby the learner can communicate through various methods


a. Use correct level of language according to the level of understanding of the learner;
b. Encourage communication opportunities as well as set up possible situations whereby an Augmentative or Alternative methods can be used;
c. Support a range of learners with disabilities and conditions in the class environment e.g. ASD to use a range of AAC strategies.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Research Assingment and Online Tasks/Reflections.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
  1. Communication Matrix –pdf 
  2. nicationMatrixTable.pdf 
Supplementary Reading List
  3. Sage & Wilkie (2006) Supporting Language and Communication: A guide for School support Staff
  4. Thompson (2003) Supporting communication disorders: A handbook for teachers and teaching assistants.
  5. Websites e.g. ;;
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