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Now Hear This: Use Effective Listening and Speaking Skills

Listening and speaking skills are paramount for success in school and in life, but too often we tend to hurry past them in the curriculum. After all, they’re not tested, right? Oral communication skills provide a critical component in language arts and learning because oral communication comes before being able to write and read.
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Now Hear This: Use Effective Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Debi Christensen says:
    Although some of these activities are too juvenile for 6th - 9th graders, I found that this age group loves mock trials, debates, and skits. Activities like augmented listening and speaking skills, and students don;t notice how hard they have to work.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    These tips are good reminders for establishing the ground rules of listening and speaking in the classroom. It’s important to remember to model the standard but not be overly critical of your students as they attempt to meet it. Game playing and authentic experiences help students the most.
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    Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

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    Debi Christensen says:
    You can teach your students how to become better listeners and communicators with just a few simple techniques. I like getting students to paraphrase to a partner what they just heard because both students are involved in reciprocal listening and speaking, and I can listen in on their answers to check for understanding.
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    9 Listening Strategies That Develop Active Listeners

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    Debi Christensen says:
    You don’t have to be a language arts teacher to develop listening and speaking skills in your students, regardless of the content you teach. These strategies are quick and easy to implement in any classroom.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    Teaching students how to tell a good story pays off in several ways. Students develop more acute listening skills as they master oracy. This book shows you how to teach listening and speaking skills in the classroom. The strategies are simple, the activities fun and the results lasting.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    Being able to have a conversation about a topic is an excellent way to determine background knowledge and lay a foundation for further learning. To have a useful discussion, however, students must learn how to communicate their ideas and listen to others. Conversations like these are the precursors to reading and writing because they can help students consider new ideas and ways to express express them.
  • Debi Christensen says:
    Being a good listener and an even better speaker doesn’t come naturally to most people. In fact, these are skills that must be taught, especially to middle and high school students. You can teach your students to focus on the process with the tips from this article.
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    Teaching the Core Skills of Listening and Speaking

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    Debi Christensen says:
    Learning how to listen well and speak effectively is just as important as learning how to read and write because most of our communication is oral. School, home, and work life revolves around discussions and meetings where two or more people exchange their ideas. The most successful adults speak well and listen even better.