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Listening - Chapter Summary
The short video lessons in this chapter help improve your middle schooler's listening skills by describing how listening works, explaining the importance of critical thinking and civility and offering tips for note-taking and interpreting the information presented by others. Short self-assessments after each lesson let you evaluate your student's understanding of the concepts.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|The Four Stages of the Listening Process||The lesson introduces students to the four stages of listening.|
|Effective Listening: Definition & Obstacles||Students consider the importance of effective listening and identify inhibiting factors.|
|Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches||Students hone their critical thinking skills and consider how to approach information presented by others.|
|Components of Rhetorical Proof: Claim, Supporting Material & Reasoning||This lesson deconstructs the concept of rhetorical proof.|
|Understanding Fallacy: Impact on Reasoning||Students consider the idea of logical fallacy and how it can impact an audience.|
|The Importance of Being a Civil and Ethical Listener||The video explains why one needs to be a civil and ethical listener.|
|Becoming a Better Listener: Tips & Strategies||In this lesson, the instructor offers advice for improving listening skills.|
|Improving Your Note-taking Skills: Strategies for Mapping a Speech||Students get note-taking tips and learn to break down information.|
1. The Four Stages of the Listening Process
As messages are sent to us, it seems as though we simply hear and react, but there is actually a process that our brains use to process the information. It begins with attending, then interpreting, responding and finally remembering the information.
2. Effective Listening: Definition & Obstacles
It seems counterintuitive that a public speaker should focus on effective listening. However, a good public speaker must know a few things about his audience in order to effectively communicate his message.
3. Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches
Critical listening skills go far beyond just hearing a speaker's message. They involve analyzing the information in a speech and making important decisions about truth, authenticity and relevance. Learn about critical listening and thinking skills in this lesson.
4. Understanding Fallacy: Impact on Reasoning
When preparing a speech or conducting academic writing, understanding how to spot fallacies in reasoning is very important. This lesson will teach you the pitfalls in types of reasoning.
5. The Importance of Being a Civil and Ethical Listener
The listener has just as much responsibility as the speaker when it comes to ethical decision making. As listeners, we are responsible for being courteous and attentive, avoiding judgment and supporting the speaker's free speech rights.
6. Becoming a Better Listener: Tips & Strategies
Some people say listening is an art, but to be a good listener, it takes skill. There are strategies one can use to be a good listener. Some strategies include use of body language, asking the right questions and even empathy.
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