JA Business Communications

JA Business Communications curriculum cover

High School
Implementation:
Classroom Based

Pillars of Student Success
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
JA Business Communications, part of the JA High School Experience courses, is a one-semester teacher-led course that equips high school students to focus on communication skills necessary to succeed in business, including communicating up, down, and across organizations, talking about performance, and writing in a business setting. Volunteers engage with students through a variety of activities that includes subject matter guest speaking and coaching or advising for case study and project course work.

Students will:

- Learn the necessary concepts applicable to state and national educational standards.
- Apply these standards-based concepts to the real world.
- Synthesize elective concepts through cumulative, tangible deliverables (projects).
- Analyze a business situation or principle through the use of a case study.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary for future career pathway success.

Program Concepts

Active listening, Audience, Business correspondence, Business documentation, Business letter, Business policies and procedures, Communication barriers, Communication model, Communicate expectations, Communication strategies and tools, Decision Tree, Downward communication, Effective communication, Effective feedback, Effective listening, Effective meeting strategies, Email, Employer expectations, External stakeholders, Feedback loop, Internal stakeholders, Interpretation, Levels of Listening, Lines of communication, Listening strategies, Meeting planning, Memo, Message, Online messaging platforms, Organizational structure, Performance expectations, Persuasion, Persuasive writing, Presentation content, Presentation planning, Presentation skills, Professionalism, Public speaking, Purpose, Revision, Social media, Social proof, Surveys, Tone, Upward communication, Virtual meetings, Work traits, Written communication

Skills Students Learn

  • Accept criticism
  • Accept feedback
  • Analyze audiences
  • Adjust communication to situations
  • Analyze communication problems
  • Analyze personal experience
  • Analyze situations
  • Analyze similarities and differences
  • Analyze writing samples
  • Apply communication skills
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Brainstorm solutions
  • Choose the best social media platform
  • Communicate with a supervisor
  • Communicate with authority
  • Create and deliver a presentation
  • Craft an online message
  • Discuss in small groups
  • Draw conclusions from information
  • Effective listening skills
  • Evaluate consequences
  • Evaluate feedback
  • Evaluate performance based on expectations
  • Evaluate presentations
  • Evaluate professionals
  • Identify the problem
  • Improve communication
  • Make recommendations
  • Participate in discussion
  • Practice oral communication
  • Practice group communication
  • Practice the communication model
  • Provide feedback
  • Respond professionally
  • Revise messages
  • Rewrite based on purpose
  • Role-play business situations
  • Role-play communication scenarios
  • Use technology to polish writing
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Write a business policy
  • Write clear messages
  • Write office communication
  • Write persuasive messages

Alignment with State and National Standards

Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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