Effective listening to learn about job opportunitiess
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Effective listening to learn about job opportunities

After studying listening skills, a representative of a local industry spoke to the students about job opportunities.

Learning objectives:
Students will be able to use listening skills to obtain important information about job opportunities.


    Interpersonal -- Cooperate with others
    Communication -- Convey ideas in writing
    Communication -- Listen
    Decision-making -- Research
    Lifelong learning -- Reflect and evaluate
    Lifelong learning - Take responsibility for learning


    Critical thinking
    Active listening
    Life skills

Time: 2 hours over 3 sessions

Level: Multilevel


    Whole class
    Small group

Materials & Resources: Outside speaker

To research what is needed to be hired and retained at a local industry, students worked together to identify questions to submit to a representative of that industry, invited the speaker to the class, listened to the speech, clarified the information through asking questions, and applied the information to their own situations.

Student needs and goals:
Students have identified themselves as unemployed and in need of jobs. Inviting a speaker of a local industry to speak to them about what it takes to be hired and retained gave them the opportunity to work together to identify specific questions they would like to have answered, practice active listening skills in evaluating the information presented, and reflect on that information in their own life situations.

The activity is a three part activity for students to explore the requirements to be hired and retained at a major local industry.

1) Planning -- during one class period, the students as a class discussed and decided what information they wanted to find out about this employer and generated a set of questions. We also conducted a listening exercise during which students identified barriers to good listening and strategies for overcoming barriers. We followed the purposes for active listening. The speaker was invited and the questions were submitted to him ahead of time. (1 hour)

2) Listening -- at the second session, the speaker spoke on employment opportunities and requirements at his business. Students listened for the answers to their questions and also for additional information the speaker provided. They asked questions to clarify information and elicit answers to questions that the speaker did not answer.. (30 minutes)

3) Reflecting and Evaluating -- after the speaker left, the class evaluated their listening skills by discussing and clarifying what the speaker had said and applying the information to their own life situations. The discussion served as a debriefing of the activity. Some identified additional skills they would need before applying for positions at the company. (30 minutes)

Students were able to attend to what the speaker said; identify the perspective and intent of the speaker; relate what was said to prior knowledge and experiences; and evaluate and critique what was said for content, purpose, and use. They asked questions of the speaker. During the discussion following the speaker, students identified what is required to be hired and retained as a worker at the speaker's place of business. They also know how to get information through active listening and supplement that information through asking questions. Several students completed resumes after this activity and applied for jobs.

Name: Sue Barton
Population: Literacy students
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