Being a good listener

Introductory Video:

Suggested activities:

Activity Description Time
Review self esteem homework Collect the self esteem homework and ask students for their experiences, thoughts and difficulties with this homework assignment 5 min
Being a good listener Video Show the Being a good listener introductory video 10 min
Video discussion Ask the students for their thoughts about the video and what they understood 5 min
Listening couples Give each student a copy of the good listener reminder scheme worksheet. Divide the students into couples and ask them to tell the other about their families for 5 minutes. Have the listener practice the three essential skills of listening and after the 5 minutes the speaker will give the listener feedback on his or her listening skills and how he felt. Then they should switch with the speaker becoming the listener and the listener the speaker. 20 min
Listening couples discussion Ask the students how they felt during this exercise and what they learned about the importance of being a good listener and how this could affect their lives and personal relationships. 10 min
Total time 50 min

– Materials:

– Good listener scheme

– Suggested homework:

Ask the students to write a paragraph about a conversation they had with someone in the week when they didn’t feel like the other person was doing a good job at listening to them.  Ask them to write what specific things they felt like the other person could have done better in terms of attending, following and reflecting and how they would have done it differently.

Other resources you may find useful:

– People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts by Bolton, Robert – June 6, 1986


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