Listening Skills

Listening is receiving language through the ears. Listening involves identifying the sounds of speech and processing them into words and sentences. … Listening in any language requires focus and attention. It is a skill that some people need to work at harder than others.

The three main types of listening most common in interpersonal communication are:
  • Informational Listening (Listening to Learn)
  • Critical Listening (Listening to Evaluate and Analyse)
  • Therapeutic or Empathetic Listening (Listening to Understand Feeling and Emotion)

So listening is important because: … Good listening allows us to demonstrate that we are paying attention to the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the other person (seeing the world through their eyes). This is crucial to maintaining productive relationships, and sometimes the only way to establish communication.

The following are examples of active listening techniques.
  • Reflecting Listening. Showing that you understand what has been said by repeating key points back or asking questions that are useful to the conversation.
  • Emotional Intelligence. …
  • Social Intelligence. …
  • Informational Listening. …
  • Visualizing. …
  • Body Language. …
  • Patience.
Here are six tips to help you effectively learn English by listening.
  1. Tip 1: Start with a Positive Mindset. …
  2. Tip 2: Choose Diverse English Listening Materials. …
  3. Tip 3: Predict Audio Content. …
  4. Tip 4: Listen for the Big Ideas. …
  5. Tip 5: Listen for the Details. …
  6. Tip 6: Listen and Write. …
  7. Tip 7: Practice and Listen Repeatedly.
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