What makes a good listener?

listeningNot only will students be speaking this term – they will also be listening. What makes a good listener?


Listening is an inherent companion to the other literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking, and viewing. Listening involves the sender, the receiver, and the message. A student is engaged in critical thinking while actively listening. An effective listener demonstrates the ability to identify and manage barriers to listening (e.g. noise, speaker credibility, and environmental distractions).

Good Listeners…

  • Listen for information and understanding
  • Listen for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation
  • Listen to establish, maintain, and enhance relationships

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