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TOOLKIT #1 CAREER DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY BUILD WORK-ESSENTIAL SKILLS Career Readiness: TOPIC Listen Actively (pages 21-25) KEY CONCEPT Active listening requires not only hearing what is being said, but also adjusting your listening skills to your purpose. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES and APPLICATIONS IN AN ABE/GED CLASS 1. Journal, Paragraph, or Essay Writing A. Use the questions in Part 1: Warm- Up (page 21 of Toolkit) as prompts: 1. In your day-to-day life when do you have to be a good listener? 2. When does a worker need to be a good listener in a job search or on the job? 3. How do you know when someone is a good listener? 4. What do you think good listeners do? B. Describe a personal experience in which not listening carefully resulted in confusion, misunderstanding or other negative action. 2. Listening for Different Purposes A. Listening for Information The instructor can have students listen to the current day’s 10 minute online CNN Student News program (http://www.cnnstudentnews.com). Prior to showing the program, the teacher can post on the board questions whose answers have been specifically stated in the program. After listening to the program, check for the accuracy of each student’s answers. B. Listening for Directions to Perform a Task The instructor can read out loud directions for completing different forms, such as a job application, LWIS form, GED application, or other relevant forms. Check final product for accuracy. CASAS Competencies Connection A. The instructor can have the students practice filling out blank “While You Were Out” forms in simulated business calls. The instructor is the caller. The length and complexity of the “call” can vary. At the close of the call, the students can share and compare their filled out forms for accuracy. B. Tie in listening skills with map reading. (This lesson should be preceded by lessons on cardinal and intermediate directions.) Instructor will give each student a simple street map. All students will mark an X on the same starting point on the map. The instructor will read out loud several directions for turns. The number and complexity of the turns can vary to suit the particular class. After the series of turns are completed, the students will check if they’ve arrived at the correct destination. Note: The interactive workstyle quiz referred to on page 23 of the Toolkit is not available.
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