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General Listening Quiz

“Honey. Are you listening?”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult listening skills man – woman 02:11

Pre-Listening Exercise

If you have a problem in your life (with money, a girlfriend, or with your grades in school), who do you talk to first: your mom, your dad, a brother or sister, or a friend? What are your reasons for talking with this person?


be all ears” = very willing and interested in listening
Listen. Tell me about the problem. I’m all ears.”

fall on deaf ears” = having your ideas ignored by others
I always share my feelings with my coworkers, but my ideas always fall on deaf ears.”

Pre-Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are some reasons why people don’t seem to listen very well? Do (Did) you feel that your parents listen to your own concerns and problems? Why or why not?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find out at least three points that help people develop their listening skills better. Discuss these ideas with a partner. Think about yourself and identify how many of these skills you do or don’t do well and what you plan to do (if anything) to improve your listening.

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