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Teaching Listening: Whadja say?

Posted By: Dick Schutz on January 28, 2011
Trying to teach “Listening,” as such, is as unnecessary and futile as trying to teach “Comprehension.” Humans are born listeners; infants are listeners from birth.

How individuals act upon what they hear is a different matter. That’s dependent upon the background information the individual has; upon communication skills relevant to both spoken and written communication; and upon situational contexts. Instructors at all levels of schooling can promote and extend individual background information and the “how to” of effective communication. They can also establish environments that foster informed and intelligent spoken communication. But they won’t do this by trying to “Teach Listening.”

Dick Schutz
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