Akanmode, Olushola Ayodeji THE RUDIMENTS OF LISTENING SKILLS. In: Effective Communication in English (for Higher Education). University Wide Courses Directorate, Landmark University, Omu-Aran. (Submitted)

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Listening is usually misconceived to mean the same thing as hearing, but there is a real distinction between merely hearing the words and really listening for valuable words. Hearing is a biological process by which sound waves are received, modified and relayed along the nervous system of the ear. It can be said to be passive because it is done effortlessly. In as much as the auditory organs (i.e. the ears) are effective, you can easily perceive sounds such as lectures going on, students shouting, cars hooting, children playing, birds chirping, and so on. The ears can pick up all manners of sound either useful language sounds or irrelevant non-linguistic sounds. Listening on the other hand, is a psychological and conscious process of directing attention to the sound contrasts and their sequence, selecting sounds and getting desired information from sound frequencies. It is active, concentrated hearing. It involves close attention to, and making sense of what you hear, absorbing vital and important information from what is said, and doing so quickly and accurately.

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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 13:07
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