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Thursday, 13 November 2014

How To Improve Our Listening Skills - Listen To Treasure

I was browsing TED Talks the other day, and came across some fantastic talks that I need to share with you all.

Sound expert Julian Treasure (Twitter @juliantreasure) has stood on the TED stage five times, to tell us all about his research into sound in the environment, how it is damaging our health, and how we can work to improve our listening skills.

In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening."

If you only watch one, make it his 2012 talk called 'Why architects need to use their ears'. He talks about listening in the classroom, and how pupils may be missing up to 50% of what their teacher says because of sound disturbance. Every teacher needs to watch this video!

Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed.

When training teachers and teaching assistants to use our packages, we talk a lot about listening skills, how listening is a skill which is not really ever 'taught' to our pupils. In Jean Gross' book (see our recent review here) she shows how listening, which we use the most, is taught the least. Writing, which in daily life we actually use the least, is taught the most in our classrooms.

Sarah Wall, Speech & Language Therapist, Speech Link Multimedia Ltd.

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