Attentive Listening

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Attentive Listening

Unread post by ugrksn » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:39 pm

Hello Dear Teachers;

I am a teacher trainee from Turkey. I have some questions about our occupation. I want to learn effective listening techniques to use responds of my future students in my classes. So, I want to learn attentive listening. What is attentive listening for you? and How can I use it in my classes? Can you give me some tips for better teaching?

Thank you for your consideration.

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Re: Attentive Listening

Unread post by becki » Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:33 am

According to, Attentive Listening means thinking and acting in ways which connect you with the speaker. It is important for the teacher to fully listen to students and understand what they are saying. In addition, it is equally important for students to actively listen to each other and not zone-out in class.

In general, I think it is best to focus on authentic listening that appeals to the students' interests. If you are teaching young adults, then TV shows or movie clips might be interesting for them. If you are teaching businessmen, it might be better to show clips of meetings or presentations from Ted Talks. Then, discuss the listening or have an activity to check comprehension.

I hope that helps!
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