Activity 1 Topic 1
Different ways of listening
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this unit, the students will be able to:
Recognize their own active listening skills in different contexts
Use their self-discipline to listen carefully in order to build personal relations
5 coloured cards
The exercise can be easily adapted to different educational dimensions.
The teacher will guide the pairs of students and will place 5 different colourful cards on a flipchart. Students will have to guess the next level of the listening process:
Level 1 – red - lack of listening
Level 2 – orange – Listen to respond – you do not pay attention to the interlocutor but just think about your answer
Level 3 – yellow – Listen to agree/disagree – you still focus more on yourself than on the other person
Level 4 – Listen to understand how to apply what you heard – you focus on future actions rather than on the present moment
Level 5 – Listen to understand the other person
How to place the cards:
After explaining to the class the importance of active listening, the teacher will invite them to practice these steps on everyday basis.
Provide advice on how to show that you are listening actively, having interest and curiosity in the other person – such as asking questions, nodding, using body language.
Relevant topics for discussion
What is the role of non-verbal elements in communication– i.e.: facial expressions, tone of voice, eye contact, gestures?
What was your interlocutor’s posture?
Did you get specific information about your interlocutor from his/her own non-verbal communication?
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