Berlo's Model of Communication

Berlo believes that the relationship between the source and the receiver is very important. In principle if the source and the receiver are highly intelligent then the communication will be easier the source and the receiver to grasp. If the source more highly intelligent then the receiver then the sources as to think how they will put cross what they want to tell the receiver so they will understand what is been communicated to them.
A given source may have a high level of skill not shared by one receiver, but shared by another. We cannot predict the success of the source from her skill level alone.

Berlo (1960)

The source is laid out in 5 different ways.

Communication skills: the sources needs to be able to speak clearly. Does the sources have good knowledge of what they are trying to get across.


When communicating to other people/students it is important on how you relay that communication. It as to be in a calm and friendly way and not rushed so the receiver can process what as been said.


The sources needs to know the subject well for them to communicate it to the receiver. If the sources as basic understanding of the subject then the communication will not be as clear hence making it hard for the receiver to understanding the message.

Wrong message: Pick up bricks ------->

Correct message: can you please remove all the bricks from the floor.

Social and Cultural

When communicating to others we have to be mindful of what we say, as certain words that we use daily can be offensive towards different social and cultural back grounds.

The communication we have between us and the students has to be clear and put in a way that they will understand. We should be looking at the terminology we use when communicating, breaking down the technical words down to away that the student understands them, but will still understand the technical word for that piece of material or equipment.



Three Quarter Bats






Terminology Simplified
Bats ? - Half Brick
Three quarter bats ? - Three quarter brick
Face ? - The rough front of the brick
Frog ? - The indent in the middle of the brick
Plumb ? Level horizontal and vertical
Bed ? - Cement what the brick lays on
Course ? - How high will the wall be

There are many ways of getting your message across. Students understanding what is required of them if they can see what they need to do rather than the teacher explaining what needs to be done.

Can you get me?

Pointing trowel?


Torpedo level?

Jointing iron?

Tennon saw?

Bench hook?

Sash clamp?


When communicating to a class or a individual student you need to know what level they are at. This will help you when you need to talk to the class/student on what way relay your message. The more intelligent the class/student the more technical you can get with them without them getting confused or bored. I f the class/student is new you will have to go back to basics ( pictures& touching).


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