ERIC Number: ED394152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
Learning To Listen through Experiences: Developing Listening Competencies.
Intended for college-level instructors, this paper aims to establish behavioral objectives for listening or listening competencies and provide experiential learning to develop and assess those objectives and/or competencies. The paper begins with an overview which notes the lack of material on listening competencies in many college speech textbooks and the relegation of listening to the speech communication department. The paper then offers a list of 8 listening competencies for the student, including requiring the student: (1) to discriminate among a series of spoken words or numbers and immediately recall them for interpretation; (2) to demonstrate emphatic listening through questioning; (3) to demonstrate awareness of the listening process through writing, through selective perception, and message abstraction; (4) to demonstrate an awareness of the distinctions among facts, inferences, judgments, and between qualified and unqualified statements; and (5) to demonstrate an awareness of his/her interpersonal listening behavior. A number of specific exercises show how these skills may be developed and tested, among them: an exercise on word meaning discrimination, an exercise on listening to a message, a critical/comprehensive exercise, and an emphatic listing responses exercise. A four-item list of available standardized listening tests concludes the paper. (Each section contains references.) (TB)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Class Activities, Communication Skills, Curriculum Evaluation, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Introductory Courses, Listening, Listening Skills, Speech Communication, Student Needs, Textbook Content, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Listening Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).