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Handout 1: Let's Talk and Listen

Make a promise to do at least one of these activities before the next time Windows and Mirrors meets. Be prepared to tell the group what you did and what happened.

  • Say "welcome" to someone in another language.
  • Watch a foreign language TV channel.
  • Observe others talking. Notice the gestures they use and what they mean.
  • Use one of the following listening skills in a conversation with a friend or family member, and observe their reaction:
    • Keep good eye contact with the speaker.
    • Think about the information you are hearing.
    • Let the speaker talk without interruption.
    • Ask good questions at the right time.
    • Repeat back, in your own words, important information the speaker has shared.
    • Save your own personal stories until after you have responded to what the speaker wants to tell you.
    • Encourage the speaker with body language, such as smiling and nodding your head.

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