The Developmental Communications Program offers Basic Skills courses geared to increase competence in reading and understanding English-language materials. Developmental Communications is a program based on developmental psychology where human development is viewed as a life-span affair. While the program offers vocabulary enrichment and speed-reading, among other lessons, Developmental Communications is particularly useful to ESL students. The psychological approach to developing communication skills, particularly reading, is based on an understanding of the biological and psychological developmental capacity of the human mind and memory. At LAVC, the program in Developmental Communications is the use of communication to promote basic skills such as cognitive awareness and development through literacy. In learning to understand the principles, processes and strategies of reading written communication, ESL and Basic Skills students empower themselves to bring about positive change in their own psychological and social experiences, anywhere from understanding how to read a receipt, dinner menu or street sign, to studying for school and reading for personal enrichment or pleasure.
From our existing classrooms on a 60 year old, forested campus, our recent implementation of computers and specialized software in Developmental Communications courses, our new facilities and computer laboratories, to our ever expanding curriculum, we offer the tools for majors and non-majors alike to succeed. Psychology is a stimulating and vibrant field. Students in our department have access to professors with an expansive array of knowledge, from basic skills, reading and statistics to evolutionary, developmental and clinical psychology. We take pride in having a long history of service to the community providing opportunities to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.
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