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It's true: listening skills have to be taught and developed. Read this story about a tiger to your high school class. Then, without giving them a copy of the story, divide them into teams and have them attempt to answer a series of questions. Can they answer all of them correctly? Read the story a second time and have them complete any missing questions.
Prepositional words, a game of Simon Says, and a natural treasure hunt are the components of an engaging lesson. First, learners hone their listening skills by playing a prepositional version of Simon Says, then they take the game outside and practice more prepositions by standing in front of, behind, or under various objects. They continue using their ears as they go on a natural treasure hunt, where they must find natural treasures such as trees, rocks, and flowers. Finally, they listen to draw natural items as described by the propositions the teacher uses.
Elementary schoolers sharpen their listening skills as they use sound maps, tallies, and line plots to organize and interpret data. Everyone takes a "sound walk," and focuses on the sounds around them. They chart and tabulate the sounds heard, then go back to class and construct a line plot. The fine lesson has terrific activities, worksheets, a rubric, and examples of student work embedded in it. Kids should really enjoy getting out into nature and listening in on all the action around them!
Students practice their listening skills by determining which number is mentioned twice in a list read by the teacher. They work with the "th" letter and sound combination during phonics and hand writing instruction. In the text comprehension instruction they make puppets with facial expressions that depict feeling. Finally, they practice reciting the poem, "Washing" by John Drinkwater.
Here is an effective way to have your charges practice and model important listening skills. After a short review of effective active listening concepts, such as using body language, summarizing what the other person said, and asking questions, learners practice these skills through mock conversations with their classmates. An interesting idea, this lesson could have multiple uses in any classroom.
Preparing your class for the Italian advanced placement exam? This article breaks down the different components of the test, paying particular attention to the listening portion. How are you going to build your class's listening comprehension before the exam? Teach your Italian speakers some of these strategies and give them several opportunities to practice.