Perhaps the most important skill connected with socialising is to ‘shut up and listen’. In practice, it can be very difficult to resist the temptation to turn every conversation into a conversation about 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
 
Level:
Intermediate (B2) and above
 
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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By Jeremy Day

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