(1) Listening or Talking
(2) Back to Back
Divide the class into groups
of two - A and B.
Ask them to sit facing one
They are to speak to one another
for one minute on this topic: "What I did since I got up this morning"
However they must both talk
at the same time when you give the signal.
Tell the students to start
and after 30 seconds or so tell the students to stop.
Process the activity. Ask:
(a) What was it like? (b) Could you hear what your partner was saying?
(c )What was the problem? (d)What can you learn from this?
Conclude by noting: "If
you are talking - you are not listening!"
This time only A will speak.
A will explain to B "How
you get from my house to the school".
However students must sit back
When they are ready tell students
After a minute or so tell students
to stop and process the activity.
Ask (a) How did you find this?
What difficulties did you have?
How could it have been better?
Conclude by noting: "We
also listen with our eyes!"
Students sit in pairs again,
facing each other.
This time B talks to A about:"My
favourite TV programme."
As job is to show that s/he
is NOT listening at all.
Process the activity. Ask
What was A doing
What could A do that would
Distribute the worksheet "Listening".
Ask the students to read it
and to take a minute or two to fill out the end section.
Note on the BB the "helping/listening"(attending)
Tell students you want to put
the ideas on the BB into practice.
This time A talks and B listens.
Tell them to discuss "My
After a minute reverse the
roles - A listens and B talks.
Conclude by noting the main
teaching points of the lesson:
Listening is a skill, which
you must learn.
You must show that you are
If you are talking you are
There are a number of ways
you can show you are listening:
Face the person.
Listen! I am listening.
You are not! I am!
I can see that you are
How can you see whether
Im listening or not? I listen with my ears!
No! You listen with your
whole body. Oh! I suppose I can hear you through my big toe!
If youre really listening
youll show it - thats what I mean by listening with your whole body.
What do you mean by
"show it"? Well first of all theres your eyes.
I hear through my eyes?
you hear with your ears but you listen with your eyes.
What do you mean?
You can show you are listening
by looking at a person. I can judge how you are taking what I say by looking
at your eyes. I can see that you are paying attention to me.
Yes, use your head. Nod
or smile to show that you understand. You may not always agree but you
should listen with interest and respect. And then theres your mouth
I listen through my
No, but you can ask questions
to allow me to tell you more and you can tell me what you think by saying
"Yes", or "No" or "I agree".
Are there any other
parts of my body I should use? Well what do you think?
Write down a list of what
you can do to show that you are listening