Perhaps the most important skill connected with socialising is to ‘shut up and listen'. This lesson can help students to become active listeners.

When in a conversation, it can be very difficult to resist the temptation to move the subject to what we consider the most interesting thing in the world, i.e. ourselves. The most skilful active listeners include nurses, social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors, so this lesson focuses especially on the techniques studied and used by these professionals.

Topic: Socialising and active listening 

Aims:

  • To raise awareness of the importance of active listening skills, and some situations where they are especially important.
  • To teach some language and techniques for active listening, including effective use of body language.
  • To provide practice and feedback of the situation of actively listening to a friend or colleague talking about a difficult experience.

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