will practice active listening by paraphrasing what they hear.
written on chalkboard or chart paper
Active Listening Checklist (see below)
This lesson calls for a role play that you have arranged in advance
with a student.
Gathering: Favorite Colors Listening Game
Explain to students that today we're going to practice listening
to one another by repeating what we've heard to show that we've
really heard it.
a student tell what his or her favorite color is and then call
on the next person to speak. The next person to speak repeats
what the first person said and then adds what his or her favorite
color is. That person calls on a third person to speak who repeats
only what the person right before him - the second person - said
and adds what his or her favorite color is.
students forget what the person before them said or start to tell
their favorite colors without first repeating what they have just
heard, gently point it out and ask them to try again.
with other statements such as, "On Saturday, I like to ....
Go over the day's plan and ask if it is okay.
to Active Listening
Role-play active listening with a student. Ask the student to
talk about a strong feeling she/he has been having lately. Model
paying good attention and paraphrase what the student is saying.
Discuss: How did I show (name) I was listening? How did I
respond to what (name) was telling me?
Present the rules for active listening below and make sure
students are clear about the meaning of each one.
Focus on the person who is speaking.
2. Show by your tone of voice, your friendly expression,
and your "body language" that you are interested and
want to be helpful.
3. Don't interrupt.
4. Accept the person's feelings without judgment.
5. Paraphrase what the person has said to be sure you understand.
that students are going to practice paraphrasing by working with
a partner. One person will talk about a topic you suggest and
the other will paraphrase. You will keep time.
the class into pairs.
Using a topic from below, have one person talk for one
minute and have his or her partner paraphrase.
is a strong feeling you've been having lately?
you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
the pairs give each other feedback. Ask the people
who did the paraphrasing to tell their partners what it was like
for them to do this. Did they have trouble listening? Did they
have trouble remembering what they heard? How did they feel about
the experience? Then have the people who did the talking say what
it was like for them to have their partner listen and paraphrase.
roles and repeat.
it easy or hard to paraphrase?
did it feel to do it?
you were the speaker, what was it like to hear yourself paraphrased?
with other topics if desired.
Active listening is a tool that helps people clarify
their understanding of one another and is essential in solving
a few volunteers:
it easier for you to listen or to speak?
was one thing you learned from today's lesson?
was one thing that you need to practice more?
In one word, say something you are looking forward to.
Activity: Active Listening Practice
students discuss an interesting topic either in the whole class
or in small groups. Before speakers can give their own views,
they must paraphrase the statement of the preceding speaker. This
is especially helpful when a discussion becomes controversial
and students have a hard time listening to different points of
Possible topic: Some people think schools should be in session
12 months a year. What do you think?
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