SPEAKING, DISCUSSION & LISTENING SKILLS
This document will help you think about the way we want to interact in class during discussion so that we are inclusive and open to others as we explore and expand our thoughts on various topics: Discussion Skills-Elements
Listening: Acts to build a group which can collaboratively search for meaning
- Do you listen actively and attentively?
- Do you show you are listening through your verbal cues (e.g., uh-huh, etc.), and body language and eye contact?
- Do you take turns speaking? Are you willing to pause and wait?
- Do you ask questions to understand?
- Do you paraphrase others’ ideas and restate discussions?
- Do you examine others’ views?
- Do you ask interesting questions that connect to a speaker’s presentation or ideas?
- Do you connect the ideas of several students?
- Do you builds on another person’s idea?
- Do you ask questions to clarify what someone has said?
- Do you listen to others?
- Active Listening
- Opening and Sustaining Questions
- Listening practice: I Say
- Learning to Listen with Understanding and Empathy
- Do you maintain eye contact?
- Do you use appropriate voice level?
- Do you explain ideas clearly?
- Do you organize your ideas orally?
- Do you answer questions with confidence?
Gives evidence and make inferences
- Do you use evidence from a source to create a new idea or draw connections among ideas? Do you give several substantial comments with textual support?
- Do you use evidence from a source to expand on, analyze or critique an idea?
Ask questions which lead to rich discussion and deeper group understanding
- Do you state your evidence in support of an idea under discussion?
- Are you able to ask a question which connects the current discussion to bigger themes or ideas?
- Are you able to ask a question which relates the current discussion to a previous discussion?
- Are you able to ask a question which provokes others to respond at a deeper level in the current discussion?
- Are you able to ask a question related to the current discussion?
Various Presentation Skills Practices:
- Inflection and Emphasis
- Inflection Practice
- Volume and Projection
- Dramatic statements
- How you say it practice
- Tongue Twisters
- Voice Inflection Exercises
- Voice Warmups
- Lines from Films
- Pick Voice Quality Macbeth Witches
- Planning Oral Interpretation
- Impromtu Speaking Hints
- Organizational Patterns When Speaking