Ch 35: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Listening

About This Chapter

Review effective listening techniques with the engaging lessons in this chapter. Watch these video lessons as you get ready to take the NMTA Middle Grades ELA exam and then test your knowledge with the short quizzes.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Listening - Chapter Summary

In part, this chapter explores the differences between hearing and listening. Its online video lessons explain the process of listening in a step-by-step fashion. They outline the stages of listening, explore the importance of intonation and pitch in spoken English, and encourage your ability to infer facts by listening. Reviewing the videos can help you with:

  • Discussing the necessity of listening abilities
  • Discovering what actually happens during the listening process
  • Defining active listening
  • Listening for tone, attitude, certainty, agreement and disagreement
  • Identifying intonation cues and main points
  • Preparing to answer questions on listening for basic comprehension and pragmatic understanding
  • Learning more about synthesizing and connecting information
  • Developing effective group listening skills
  • Discussing selective listening and perception

You can access these lessons 24/7 and study at your own pace. As you watch and prepare for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination, identify the areas that you need to review. Ask questions of the instructors and take the short multiple-choice quizzes that test your retention. Text transcripts are also included in this chapter.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Listening Chapter Objectives

There are five content domains on the computer-administered NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination. The information in this chapter is also reflected on the assessment, which helps determine your eligibility for an English Language Arts teaching certification in New Mexico. You must answer 150 questions during the assessment, which has a time limit of three hours.

12 Lessons in Chapter 35: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Listening
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Hearing vs. Listening: Importance of Listening Skills for Speakers

1. Hearing vs. Listening: Importance of Listening Skills for Speakers

While often used synonymously, hearing and listening are really two very different things. Hearing is involuntary and uncontrollable. Listening, however, requires an attention.

The Four Stages of the Listening Process

2. 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.

What Is Active Listening? - Techniques, Definition & Examples

3. What Is Active Listening? - Techniques, Definition & Examples

Have you ever felt that you had been heard but not understood? If so, chances are that the person you were talking with was not actively listening.This lesson defines active listening and provides specific techniques that can be used.

Listening for Tone & Attitude

4. Listening for Tone & Attitude

When you're learning English, listening for a speaker's tone or attitude can be even harder than listening for meaning - here are some tips for how to make it work.

Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

5. Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

Listening for agreement and disagreement can be tough if English isn't your first language. Here are some tips and practice questions to help you make it work.

Listening for Intonation Cues

6. Listening for Intonation Cues

Making sense of intonation cues in spoken English can be tough, especially if it isn't your first language. To help you figure it out, here's a guide to what to listen for.

Listening for the Main Point

7. Listening for the Main Point

In this lesson, you'll get some tips on listening to a passage of spoken English for the main point. Don't get bogged down in the details; focus on what's really important!

Listening for Basic Comprehension

8. Listening for Basic Comprehension

The basic level of listening is not difficult, but it takes some skill. Developing listening skills is important for many different people from virtually all walks of life.

Listening for Pragmatic Understanding

9. Listening for Pragmatic Understanding

Listening and hearing aren't always the same thing. Certain situations call for a more focused kind of listening. In this lesson, we'll discuss some ways that you can listen to gain a pragmatic understanding of a topic.

Connecting & Synthesizing Information

10. Connecting & Synthesizing Information

Do you find it difficult to remember large amounts of information delivered verbally? This lesson will explain how to connect material when listening to a lecture or speech and synthesize the information into key and sub points to be able to better remember it.

Listening Effectively in Groups: Critical, Selective, Active & Empathetic Listening

11. Listening Effectively in Groups: Critical, Selective, Active & Empathetic Listening

Being an effective listener allows relationship building and leads to increased productivity in the workplace. To form an environment for effective listening, you need to know the best group sizes and the four types of effective listening.

Barriers to Effective Listening in Groups

12. Barriers to Effective Listening in Groups

Barriers to effective listening in groups can cause significant workplace issues. Selective listening and selective perception are two type of problems that can impede successful business decisions.

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