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ERIC Number: ED328926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Listening: The Neglected Language Art.
Edwards, Peter
A number of educators have expressed concern over the poor quality of listening skills exhibited by United States public school students. Furthermore, there is concern regarding "automaticity," or "passive" listening, which involves the perception of sounds without understanding. Not until a 1978 amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was listening (along with speaking) added to reading, writing, and arithmetic as a determinant of literacy and basic competency. Professional research and literature suggest that listening continues to be a neglected skill. To improve the teaching of listening in schools, it has been suggested that children be trained in three ways: (1) to concentrate on body language and gestures to enhance attention; (2) to practice techniques to overcome negative attitudes toward listening; and (3) to learn to identify important aspects of a speaker's material. Children should be involved in listening exercises and real-life experiences. Students can be presented with situations in which they must listen and understand to perform a task. Listening programs must be integrated as a vital part of language arts in all content areas in a similar way to reading. This will incorporate listening as a major communication skill in all facets of learning. (Two figures and one table are included; 16 references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A