Lesson Plan – Listen In
Listening and questioning skills – Prepares students to use effective listening and questioning skills during a visit from a guest speaker from another culture.
- To increase students’ awareness of other cultures via first-hand dialogue.
- To assist students’ acceptance of other cultures via active listening.
- A confirmed booking of a relevant guest speaker to come to the school to speak to/with students about his/her culture. (Cultural items/pictures would be advantageous)
- Bring A3 paper for brainstorming.
What to do
- Prior to the visit, students form small groups and decide on a scribe for their group (or teacher scribes for younger children).
- Students brainstorm all the topics they consider the guest speaker might talk about, recording answers on A3 paper.
Note: When brainstorming, everyone’s suggestion counts so students should be encouraged to respect each individual’s suggestion.
- When at least six to eight topics have been recorded on the A3 paper, students brainstorm some questions that will cover the topics they have written down.
Note: Students should avoid writing down questions that only require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer (closed questions). The opposite type of question (an open question) begins with why, how, what or when.
- Each student selects one or two questions from the list that they will ask the guest speaker.
- Teacher prepares students for the guest speaker’s attendance.
Note: Students should be reminded to listen carefully to the speaker and to the questions asked by other members of the class, in order not to duplicate questions and answers.
- Students prepare a ‘report’ of the visit, consisting of photographs/paintings/pictures with accompanying captions or other text.
- Students report verbally about the experience, saying what they liked/found interesting about the visit.
- Students take a copy of the prepared questions home to ask their own parents or family friends.
Adapted from a Living in Harmony Funded Project, ‘All Together Now’, Churches’ Commission on Education, WA, 1999.