School of Communication Foundations (SCF)

 

The SCF is one of YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN) core courses, but you don’t need to follow a degree to apply. It includes 12 weeks of lectures, group discussions, reading and writing assignments, group and individual projects, role-playing and public presentations.

The SCF lays a solid foundation in Biblical communication, advancing your skills, confidence, and application in writing, speaking, listening, and giving and receiving feedback. It aims to sharpen your ability to communicate through cross-cultural and interpersonal dynamics. It equips you with principles of preparing and delivering a message to a variety of audiences. Through provoking instruction and discussion, video evaluation, written and practical assignments. You will discover your potential and place as an effective influencer in the public forum.

The SCF seeks to develop your oral and written communication skills. While exploring what it means to be fully present and alive, and discovering more about who God made you to be as a communicator. You will be able to take these skills into the private, public and professional world.

The school will challenge you, get you out of your comfort zone, teach you how to face your fears, and learn to be truly humble. You will gain a deepening of what it means to walk in Biblical fellowship as a local body of believers; integrating head, heart, and Spirit. The SCF takes a holistic approach to what it means to be a Biblical communicator, applying a deeper understanding of God, self, and others.

Goal

  • To discover God’s perspective of communication
  • To apply new study skills and research techniques
  • To enhance interpersonal insight for clearer communication
  • To teach effective speaking and writing skills
  • To produce college-level written reports
  • To deliver effective verbal and creative presentation to live audience
  • To realign your identity in Christ

Topics

  • Public speaking: Preparing, delivering and evaluating a message; speech work and techniques
  • Interpersonal communication: Conflict resolution, assumptions, and relational matters
  • Cross-cultural communication: Nonverbal communication and understanding of cultural codes and dynamics
  • Research writing: Writing a paper on either unreached peoples or marginal members of society
  • Intrapersonal communication: Working from the inside-out: discovering the heart of the issue
  • Basic writing and composition: developing writing skills and tools
  • Biblical worldview: The spheres of society
  • Communication trends: Creating awareness of current trends in communication
  • Discipling the nations: Biblical principles for clear communication 

Why do a SCF?

The SCF not only gives you a taste of many different types of communication, it also lays a solid foundation for you to take all the skills you learn into the world. Whether you’re pursuing a degree in communication, or just want to learn how to communicate better in your own personal life. This school gives you all the skills necessary to take communications to the next level. By learning more about God’s heart and how He views communication, to learning how to speak and write properly in your community as well as with others all around the world.

Through teaching on Biblical worldview, you will be challenged to review why you believe what you believe. With the international student body, cross-cultural communication principles are learned and applied daily. You will have the opportunity to gain a new and deeper understanding of God’s heart for the nations. You will develop your own personal style of communication through learning: non-verbal communication, active listening, gender-based and family communication.

What skills will you learn?

  • Public speaking: from writing it down to delivering it clearly, and capturing your audience
  • Writing: basic writing and grammar skills, research techniques, book reviews
  • Non-verbal: what you are telling people through your body language
  • Verbal: how your tone of voice effects what you’re communicating
  • Listening: how to really listen to people and read between the lines through their non-verbals

Prerequisite for participation is a completed Discipleship Training School.The school will be only in English.