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I’ll be doing my usual lesson on “good” and “bad” listening this week, and decided to spice it up a bit with some video clips showing examples of both.

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I’m adding this list to all my speaking and listening resources, as well as to my collection of “Best” lists sharing useful video and movie clips.

Here is what I have – I hope you’ll contribute more!





TED Talks has a video on 5 Ways To Listen Better. Generally, I don’t think it’s very helpful in the classroom. However, there is one short section that I want to show students. If you go to the link, and then to 05.55 on the transcript, it will play this part:

And finally, an acronym. You can use this in listening, in communication. If you’re in any one of those roles — and I think that probably is everybody who’s listening to this talk — the acronym is RASA, which is the Sanskrit word for “juice” or “essence.” And RASA stands for “Receive,” which means pay attention to the person; “Appreciate,” making little noises like “hmm,” “oh,” “OK”; “Summarize” — the word “so” is very important in communication; and “Ask,” ask questions afterwards.