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Activity 1 Topic 1


Different ways of listening


30 minutes

Expected learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, the students will be able to:

  • Recognize their own active listening skills in different contexts

  • Use their self-discipline to listen carefully in order to build personal relations


Active listening

Required resources


  • 5 coloured cards

  • Flipchart

  • Tape

  • Markers


The exercise can be easily adapted to different educational dimensions.

Step 1

The teacher will guide the pairs of students and will place 5 different colourful cards on a flipchart. Students will have to guess the next level of the listening process:


  • Level 1 – red - lack of listening 

  • Level 2 – orange – Listen to respond – you do not pay attention to the interlocutor but just think about your answer

  • Level 3 – yellow – Listen to agree/disagree – you still focus more on yourself than on the other person

  • Level 4 – Listen to understand how to apply what you heard – you focus on future actions rather than on the present moment

  • Level 5 – Listen to understand the other person

How to place the cards:


Step 2

After explaining to the class the importance of active listening, the teacher will invite them to practice these steps on everyday basis.

Step 3

Provide advice on how to show that you are listening actively, having interest and curiosity in the other person – such as asking questions, nodding, using body language.

Relevant topics for discussion

  • What is the role of non-verbal elements in communication– i.e.: facial expressions, tone of voice, eye contact, gestures?

  • What was your interlocutor’s posture?

  • Did you get specific information about your interlocutor from his/her own non-verbal communication?

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