Tip 1<LISTENING FOR UNDERSTANDING
: Students have the wrongidea that they have to comprehend every single word uttered by a speaker(professors, partners, etc.), and this is not true. Communication is basedon the understanding of a message, not of individual words. Students needto learn to extract
the global meaning
of an explanation in class, or alistening task. Vocabulary can be dealt differently in some other occasion tobenefit listening. Listening for understanding is the first key towardsattentive listening.
: Whether it
s a cultural condition, or not, manystudents are afraid of asking for clarification. And they forget that a goodlanguage teacher does not complain because students ask, but s/he simplyexplains again. Clarification is necessary since a second explanation orrepetition can be the difference between understanding or remaining witha gap in one
s learning. So, if we are listening for understanding, andsomething is not clear to us, it
s always a good idea to ask the speaker toclarify for us. This behavior also reflects one
s search for attentive listeningand that one is interested in the topic being discussed.
: At times students tend to forget thatcommunication is not only verbal; they forget that we also communicatenonverbally. Body language is also important in becoming a good listenersince what is being said is usually accompanied with facial gestures andhand movements. Decoding these gestures can definitely enhance people
sunderstanding of the message that is being conveyed. By asking forrepetition when necessary and by reading people
s body movements, we