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Boguk the Communicator

Complete clauses 1 and 2, and 5 further clauses taken from at least two sections, which provide a personal challenge.

1. Have a working knowledge of three of the following methods of communication. Know the appropriateness of each method for different circumstances, such as complaints, requesting information etc:
Sign Language
Video Conferencing
Text Telephones

2. Make a telephone call to somebody you don't know.

Signal Communication :
3. Learn the semaphore alphabet.
Know the semaphore procedure signals (e.g. calling up, message received etc)
Out of talking range, send and read three short messages in semaphore
Know how to erase an error.

4. Learn the Morse Code alphabet, and procedure signals.
Send and read three short messages in Morse Code.

5. Understand the Water Safety Flag System used on beaches

6. Learn the nautical flag signals

7. Learn the signals used in a sport, hobby or interest of your choice

Aural or Verbal Communication
8. Make a short recording of a story or magazine article you would like to share with a blind person of your own age, or who shares an interest.

9. Tell a story to a child. You may wish to use different voices and/or sound effects.

10. Give a clear explanation or directions, for example, of how to do something or how to get somewhere.

11. Take part in a game such as 'Just a Minute', or a hat debate.

12. Give a prepared informal talk on a topic that interests you. The talk should show a clear structure, and you should be prepared to answer questions on it afterwards.

13. Take part in an activity or exercise that involves listening. Evaluate your own listening skills and try to improve them.

14. Chair a discussion or debate and describe the duties of a chairperson.

15. Take part in a group discussion, for example, to plan something, and then report the arguments and conclusions to someone.

16. Take part in a debate, or give a prepared formal talk on a subject on which there is more than one point of view.

17. Visit a special event amateur radio station, such as 'Thinking Day on the Air'. Record information about the conversations you hear. These could include the date, time, callsign, name of the radio amateur, town or country, and anything you find interesting.

18. Know the international phonetic alphabet. Be able to spell out your name, address and other basic information.

19. Give a presentation to a group of no less than 10 people, on a topic of your choice. Make use of OHP's, slide projector, Powerpoint or similar tools.

Written Communication

20. Write a letter of complaint, outlining the problem concisely and precisely.

21. Write an article or letter portraying an opinion.

22. Using only written directions (i.e. no diagrams etc) complete a craft project or similar.

23. Communicate with a pen-pal for at least 6 months.

Non-Verbal Communication
24. Learn the manual (finger) alphabet and be able to say your name.

25. Learn basic sign language.

26. Take part in an exercise about body language.

27. Try out three different forms of non-verbal communication and send a message using one of them.

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