Listening and Speaking - English Form 4
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THE WISE OWL
A wise old owl
Sat in an oak.
The more he saw,
The less he spoke.
The less he spoke,
The more he heard.
Why can't we be like
That wise old bird?
Listening helps us to receive, attend, evaluate and assign meaning to sound.
It is a conscious process which requires concentration and effort.
The listening process involves receiving sounds, interpreting, evaluating and responding to them.
Therefore, good listeners must pay close attention and make sense of what they hear.
They should also have proper coordination between their brains and their ears in order to decode the speaker's message.
Listening differs from hearing since the latter is a passive physical act that is concerned primarily with the perception of sound waves by the ear whereas listening is an active process and a deliberate act.
MAKING AN ORAL REPORT
OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING ILLUSTRATION
An oral report is a presentation to a target audience which can either be planned or impromptu.
A planned report requires preparation while an impromptu speech is a situational planned report.
Welcome to the Form 4 English interactive series. In this series, we have 18 topics covering the four skills of English language learning and grammar.
You are expected to navigate through this English learning resource and interact with the content.
You will find many activities and exercises which will help you grasp the concepts addressed in the CD.
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Introduction to listening and speaking
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How does the motivational speaker capture the attention of the audience?
Is the speaker a good orator? Discuss your answer with your classmates.
Does the speaker succeed in motivating the audience and what is the topic being discussed? Is the topic relevant to the context?
Listening and speaking are the most basic language skills.
The two skills are referred to as aural and oral skills respectively.
The word aural describes language as we hear it while the word oral refers to what we say.
The two words are homophones.
Homophones are words with the same pronunciation but different spellings. Other examples of homophones are right and write.
Although listening and speaking cannot be separated they should be developed differently.
In order to be proficient in a language we ought to listen more than we speak.
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