Strategies For Effective Listening

In every language-learning situation, the learner's active participation is very important, this is perhaps why David Crystal in his Physiology of Listening affirms that, we do not simply hear all the sounds generated by others, but because of the complexity of the auditory system, we are able to select, sift, make sense of and interpret a wide variety of acoustic signals.

By the word hear, Crystal presupposes 'understand'. Our own observation over the years is however that despite the deliberate attempts to select, sift and interpret sounds, some of what the speaker says are yet not captured by the listeners' hearing. How then do we improve listening in order to be able to have at least 90% of the speaker's utterance in our memories? How best do we teach listening to achieve effectiveness? To be able to achieve this, the language teacher has to develop certain listening skills for the purpose of effective communication since his major aim is to train language users. 

Strategies mean the techniques or ways to go about the listening exercise. Such strategies for both the students and the teachers are concentration, evaluation, aim at the main points, study the speaker's emotions, look for the paralinguistic elements such as intonations, area of stresses, the speaker's tone e.t.c.

What are your view and opinions?

 

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  • Yes that is correct and in addition to that the like listener should pay close attention and avoid distractions when listening to the speaker, ensure as a listener you have an eye to eye contact to the speaker and try to open your mind to whatever the speaker is saying.

    - Ayodele-olorunfemi Praise - 2019-09-06 14:01:05 Quote

  • Effective listening comes first with a decision to concentrate concentration is the measure criteria to be able to grab information in a noisy area next factor is Focus admit the distractions from your surrounding maintain a definite Focus to the speaker

    - Odinaka Duru - 2019-09-06 15:42:24 Quote

  • First of all there has to be interest in the topic being discussed. Also there should be willingness to be attentive. You can be interested but not willing to learn 

    For effective listening there has to be rapt attention as well in order to grasp what is being said 

    - Ehinmoro Faith - 2019-09-06 17:09:09 Quote

  • In addition the teacher must create another easier way for the student to understand better,and should make the teaching more interesting and giving more examples it would make the student to understand better

    - Oladipo jerry - 2019-09-06 17:15:43 Quote

  • Yes I agree with that but there are so many things attached to be a good listener and to be a good teacher, as a listener you mustlet your mind be open so that fresh ideas can come in and assimilate what you are been taught...a good listener will always be ready to listen.

    - Adebayo Gbenga - 2019-09-06 17:41:17 Quote

  • To be a very good listener you must be able to concentrate very well cause without a good concentration you can't listen to anything 

    - Ojo Ridwan - 2019-09-06 17:50:45 Quote

  • Yes, you're right. In addition students have to pay close attention to every little detail of what the teacher is teaching. Students have to listen to the words of the teacher and try to picture what he's saying. You have to open your mind also and be attentive. This will help the student understand better

    - Adebayo Agboola - 2019-09-06 18:33:30 Quote

  • Exacly if you want to be a good listener should follow those strtegies mention in the lecture. Again, while teaching is going on you should remain focus and let your spirit, soul and body be together not body present absent minded. Also, avoid all forms of distraction and seduction spirits around you.

    - Sussan Anozie - 2019-09-06 23:31:52 Quote

  • In addition the teacher should create another easier way for the student to understand better,and should make the teaching more interesting and giving more examples it would make the student to understand better

    - Aranloye Adedamola - 2019-09-07 14:40:49 Quote

  • Effective listening comes first with a decision to concentrate concentration is the measure criteria to be able to grab information in a noisy area next factor is Focus admit the distractions from your surrounding maintain a definite Focus to the speaker 

    - Joseph Seun - 2019-09-08 02:08:18 Quote

  • Effective listen I achieved when there is a mutual agreement of communication styles between the speaker and the listener. the listener must compromise to the method used by the speaker and be willing to pay full attention. also the speaker must compromise with the kind of listeners he's having.

    - Williams Adams - 2019-09-08 03:00:23 Quote

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