Professional Oral Communication (16+)

11th and 12th : Professional Communication in the Modern World

Course Syllabus & Required Books/Materials

Effective listening and non-verbal communication is central to information exchange and the development of successful interpersonal relationships.  Utilizing role-play, humor, legos, board games, and group problem-solving games such as minefield and the human knot, students will gain new perspectives on the value of listening to others and the essential skill of adapting verbal communication to various audience needs.   This course employs communication principles and practices to develop students’ abilities to understand, evaluate, and improve their interpersonal, group, and professional communication. Students will receive multiple opportunities to practice fundamental mannerisms for positive and effective communication such as intentional eye contact, voice articulation and tone, respectful listening, and body posture.  This course will also examine the goals, techniques and interpersonal dynamics of the professional and collegiate interviewing processes. Students will sharpen their debate skills through participation in organized debate sessions and follow-up discussion of how people can improve their communication skills to manage personal, professional and social conflicts in a constructive manner.

Assessment: Alternate Formative assessment to evaluate progress and Presentational Summative assessment to evaluate achievement.

Cost: $225 (All materials included.)



Kimberly Okvist is a published author and motivated instructor with a profound devotion to educating young minds.  After completing an intensive workshop on English Writing and Communication at Rhodes College, Mrs. Okvist went on to receive her BA in English from The University of Oklahoma with an emphasis on classics and technical writing.  She furthered her academic writing career as an editor for the American Indian Law Review and advanced her professional communication skills through her study of law and debate. Mrs. Okvist received her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with specialty in Education Law and certification in Federal Indian Law.  After working in the legal field for some time, Mrs. Okvist was hired as an Associate Professor at St. Gregory’s University. She primarily taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in English Grammar, Professional Communication, and Business Law. Mrs. Okvist also taught Latin I, Latin II, Catholicism I and Catholicism III at Mount St. Mary’s High School.  Mrs. Okvist co-authored the book Reading and Language Development (2005) and some of her compositions include: A Figurative Voyage: A Reflection of Socio-Economic Hierarchy as Narrated in The Pilgrim’s Progress, Gulliver’s Travels, and The Canterbury Tales (2003); A Disabled Student’s Constitutional Right to Home-School (2006); Alternative Dispute Resolutions among Indigenous Tribes of Australia, United States and Canada (2007); “Walt Whitman: From Transcendentalist to Patriotic Poet” (2003); “What is Life? The Human Genome Project” (2002).

Allen and Kimberly Okvist have 6 children and have been FSSP parishioners for over 10 years.  Mrs. Okvist is an avid supporter of homeschooling and she has experienced the journey of homeschooling with several of her children.  The Okvists moved to Minnesota a few years ago and are adjusting to life here in the north. Mrs. Okvist is the Latin teacher at Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School.