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Everyday English 1
Everyday English 1

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1.3 Listening

Listening is as important as speaking. Remember – you probably hear more words than you speak. You do not remember every word, phrase or discussion, so how do you know what to use or remember, or what is important?

You probably listen attentively to the things that matter to you and ‘filter out’ the things that don’t matter so much. When you’re listening to things for entertainment, it may be just a bit annoying if you miss something, but in other situations it can be very important to hear all the right information.

Activity 9 What affects your listening?

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Select True or False for each of these statements.

1. Your thoughts can interfere with your listening.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is a.

2. You may resist listening to others who criticise, blame or get angry with you.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is a.

3. You are more likely to listen to people with whom you feel comfortable.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is a.

4. If you have something you can’t wait to say you are likely to listen well.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is b.

5. Some people use listening as an excuse for not revealing anything about themselves.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is a.

6. If you are feeling emotional about an issue you are likely to listen more attentively to other people.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is b.

7. Angry people are rarely good listeners.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is a.

8. Talking is more important than listening.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is b.

9. You are less likely to listen when someone agrees with your views than when someone challenges your views.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is b.

10. Fatigue never affects the quality of your listening.

a. 

True


b. 

False


The correct answer is b.

It may be useful to keep these points in mind during any kind of discussion. They are listed in the box below.

10 useful things about listening to keep in mind

  1. Your thoughts can interfere with your listening.
  2. You may resist listening to others who criticise, blame or get angry with you.
  3. You are more likely to listen to people with whom you feel comfortable.
  4. If you have something you can’t wait to say you are not likely to listen well.
  5. Some people use listening as an excuse for not revealing anything about themselves.
  6. If you are feeling emotional about an issue you are likely to listen less attentively to other people.
  7. Angry people are rarely good listeners.
  8. Listening is as important as talking.
  9. You are more likely to listen when someone agrees with your views than when someone challenges your views.
  10. Fatigue can affect the quality of your listening.