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speaking and listening

Speaking and Listening

Gateways to Thinking

SW Tech Summit 2010

Presenter: David Vega

Speaking and listening are the most powerful and most common means of constructing (learning) and sharing (teaching) knowledge.

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speaking without thinking
Speaking without Thinking

"Chuck, stand up, let the people see you," Biden shouted to State Senator Chuck Graham, before realizing, to his horror…

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…[Senator] Graham uses a wheelchair. "Oh, God love ya," Biden said. "What am I talking about?” (New York Times 2008)

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what did biden not consider
What Did Biden NOT Consider?
  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Message
  • Delivery

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“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” ~ Mark Twain

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what did media consumers the naacp and white house not consider
The blogger's purpose for posting the clip

The blogger’s credentials/history

The blogger’s intended audience

What did media, consumers, the NAACP, and White House NOT Consider?
  • The original speaker’s intended message
  • The original speaker’s intended purpose
  • The original speaker’s audience

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pa exit standards for listening speaking
PA EXIT Standards for Listening & Speaking

Within a variety of small and large group situations, students must be able

  • To listen actively and critically
  • To respond appropriately

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listening speaking criteria 1
Listening & Speaking Criteria 1


  • To obtain or provide information
    • Explain a process
    • Demonstrate a procedure
    • Explain a person, object, problem, or event
  • To analyze or construct an argument
    • Persuade or dissuade
    • To negotiate a deal
    • Sell a product
  • To enjoy or share something entertaining
    • Tell a story/anecdote/joke

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listening speaking criteria 2
Listening & Speaking Criteria 2


  • What assumptions did the speaker make about me, the audience? Is this accurate?
  • What assumptions can I safely make about my audience?
    • Experts? Novices? Laypersons?
    • Hostile? Friendly?
  • What background will they need?

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listening speaking criteria 3
Listening & Speaking Criteria 3


  • Identify key ideas
  • Ask clarification questions
  • Connect ideas to prior knowledge
  • Evaluate the reliability of the information


  • Conduct necessary research
  • Organize key ideas
  • Draft out the message
  • Consider word choice

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listening speaking criteria 4
Listening & Speaking Criteria 4


  • Volume, Tone, body language, eye contact
  • Clothing and hygiene
  • Audio-visuals
  • Speed/rhythm
  • Engagement with the audience
  • One-way or two-way communication?

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