Types of Communicative Strategy

I made instructional video material about the topic "Types of Communicative Strategy". It is uploaded on my YouTube Channel named Carliculum. If you do not have load, this is the content I used in the video. 

Most Essential Learning Competency:

Employs various communicative strategies in different situations.

Put A Finger Down Activity

Put A Finger Down is a popular challenge on TikTok. How is it done? Make your hands in a hold up position. If you have done what is stated, you put a finger down. It is like a way of measuring how many things you have done in your life.

1. Put a finger down if you often start the conversation on your group chat.

2. Put a finger down if you replied wrongly on a chat/ text message due to tiredness.

3. Put a finger down if you have tried solving misunderstanding between friends.

4. Put a finger down if you were shut up in a conversation.

5. Put a finger down if you often greet people using foreign language except English.


In the past quarter, you learned what communication is. You also learned different models, speech context, speech styles, and speech acts. It is not only enough to have knowledge about communication. You should know how to establish communication, and on how we want to express what others need to know from us.

Every day, we engage in various conversations. We talk with our families, friends, classmates, and other people to establish connection and relationships. In the school, we exchange ideas with our teachers and classmates to maintain the teaching- learning process. As we grow older, we are exposed to conversations that maybe done with different approaches based on situations and factors such as educational background or degree of closeness/ relationship.

Conversations also does not limited to face- to- face conversation. Because of the technology, our way of communication is maximized and can reach to different parts of the world. We chat, we have exchange of views on a Facebook post, we call with our smartphones. We have media that aim to connect us in fast manner. 

The challenge for us is on how to start, sustain, and end a conversation successfully. We need to make sure that our messages are clearly understood by our listeners. We need to make them interested on what we are saying so that they can share their insight about the topic. We can use communicative strategies to achieve a healthy and successful communication. 

Cohen (1990) states that strategies must be used to start and maintain a conversation. The following are some strategies people can use to have effective communication.    

7 Types of Communicative Strategy


This strategy is used to open or establish a topic in a conversation.     


I read from the newspaper that COVID-19 vaccination has started in United Kingdom.



It refers to any limitation you may have as a speaker. In communication, you are restricted to follow instructions and you have limited things you can say.


Discuss the Pythagorean Theorem. 


Turn- taking

It refers to the process by which people decide who takes the conversational floor.


Anything to comment about his idea about digital learning?  


Topic Control

Topic control covers how procedural formality or informality affects the development of topic in conversations.   


You can only talk in a meeting if you are recognized by the presider.  


Topic Shifting

It involves moving from one topic to another.   


Speaker 1: I love Ben & Ben’s “Lifetime” song. It is pleasing to the ears.

Speaker 2: I agree. By the way, IV of Spades decided to have hiatus. I really miss their music.

Speaker: Me too. 



It refers to how speakers address the problems in speaking, listening, and comprehending that they may encounter in a conversation. 


I cannot understand what your classmate is saying. Please mute your microphone.  



Termination refers to the conversation participants’ close- initiating expressions that end a topic in a conversation.


I enjoyed talking with you. Maybe we can continue our conversation tomorrow. 



Sipacio, P. J. & Balgos, A. R. (2016). Oral Communication in Context. C & E Publishing, Inc.: Quezon City

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