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Being an active, engaged, critical “public listener” is as important as learning the skills of “public speaking.” Most public speaking instructors conceptually differentiate between hearing and passive, active, and critical listening for their students, but to what extent do we guide the actual practice and self-assessment of these skills outside of the public speaking classroom? The chapter linked below, published in Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of G.I.F.T.S. (2018), uses Twitter to teach students about listening through experiential learning. Experiential learning involves an independent experience had by the student, followed by in-class reflection, analysis, and application. Following a “live-tweeting” experiment at a speech event (or events) in the community, students share, compare, and contrast their own tweets with those of their classmates and discuss observations that can be made about their listening behaviors during public speaking events.

View “’I Totally Missed That!’: Using Twitter to Teach Critical Listening”

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