Communication Studies Syllabus- Caribbean Students

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CARIBBEAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination

Correspondence related to the syllabus should be addressed to:

The Pro-Registrar
Caribbean Examinations Council
Caenwood Centre
37 Arnold Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica, W.I.

Telephone Number: (876) 630-5200
Facsimile Number: (876) 967-4972
E-mail address: cxcwzo@cxc.org
Website: www.cxc.org

Copyright © 2010 by Caribbean Examinations Council
The Garrison, St. Michael BB 14038 Barbados

This document CXC A2/U1/10 replaces CXC A2/U1/03 issued in 2003.

Please note that the syllabus has been revised and amendments are indicated by italics and vertical lines.

Revised 2003
Revised 2010

Please check the website www.cxc.org for updates on CXC’s syllabuses.

Contents

RATIONALE1

AIMS2

SKILLS AND ABILITIES TO BE ASSESSED2

PRE-REQUISITES OF THE SYLLABUS 3

STRUCTURE OF THE SYLLABUS 3

APPROACHES TO TEACHING THE SYLLABUS 3

MODULE 1: GATHERING AND PROCESSING INFORMATION 4

MODULE 2: LANGUAGE AND COMMUNITY11

MODULE 3: SPEAKING AND WRITING20

OUTLINE OF ASSESSMENT 25

REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES36

REGULATIONS FOR RE-SIT CANDIDATES36

ASSESSMENT GRID37

GLOSSARY38

GLOSSARY OF BEHAVIOURAL VERBS USED IN THE COMMUNICATION
STUDIES EXAMINATIONS 42

Introduction

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he Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) is designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of students in the Caribbean who, having completed a minimum of five years of secondary education, wish to further their studies. The examinations address the skills and knowledge acquired by students under a flexible and articulated system where subjects are organised in 1-Unit or 2-Unit courses with each Unit containing three Modules. Subjects examined under CAPE may be studied concurrently or singly.

The Caribbean Examinations Council offers three types of certification. The first is the award of a certificate showing each CAPE Unit completed. The second is the CAPE diploma, awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed at least six Units, including Caribbean Studies. The third is the CAPE Associate Degree, awarded for the satisfactory completion of a prescribed cluster of seven CAPE Units including Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies. For the CAPE diploma and the CAPE Associate Degree, candidates must complete the cluster of required Units within a maximum period of five years.

Recognised educational institutions presenting candidates for the CAPE Associate Degree in one of the nine categories must, on registering these candidates at the start of the qualifying year, have them confirm, in the required form, the Associate Degree they wish to be awarded. Candidates will not be awarded any possible alternatives for which they did not apply.

Communication Studies Syllabus

RATIONALE

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he ability to communicate thoughts, emotions, ideas and attitudes is a critical factor in the management of our physical and social environment. Communication Studies builds students’ awareness of the centrality of language to the normal functioning of human beings and facilitates their ability to operate in the Caribbean linguistic environment and beyond. It also provides students with the confidence to respond appropriately and creatively to the implied challenges of that environment through the development of their language awareness and communicative competencies.

The fact that communication is a complex set of processes to which language is central informs this programme of study. The focus of language in this context emphasises its nature as both a marker of personal, cultural and national identity, and as an instrument of social and political...
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