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The authors discuss social listening vs. accurate classroom listening; eye contact and body language, and neurological evidence on the importance of efficient sitting positions.

Introduction and Rationale
Introduction and rationale

For many years there has been a major focus in education on the content of the syllabus and its delivery. There has been far less interest in how students are receiving this information and their understanding and learning from it. In other words, listening and attending appear to be considered automatic reactions in children. In contrast to this there has been an increasing realisation in business that a good communicator, which inevitably means a good listener, is the person who will succeed and should be valued. Professional teams are often trained in how to listen actively to others.

Schools have traditionally focused on the teaching of language skills through reading, writing and spelling, speaking and listening. Although the first four are ...

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