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Listening is the process of receiving, constructing meaning from and responding to spoken and/or nonverbal messages (ILA, 1996).

What is ILA

The International Listening Association promotes the study, development, and teaching of listening and the practice of effective listening skills and techniques. ILA promotes effective listening by establishing a network of professionals exchanging information including teaching methods, training experiences and materials, and pursuing research as listening affects humanity in business, education, and intercultural/international relations.

ILA Mission and Vision

The Mission of the Association is to advance the practice, teaching, and research of listening throughout the world. This is accomplished by:
  • Establishing a network of professionals committed to promoting the study and development of effective listening
  • Exchanging information with others interested in promoting effective listening
  • Conducting listening research on multiple levels of economic, educational, racial, cultural, and international relations.
  • Pursuing management strategies and efforts promoting effective listening in government and business
The Vision of the Association is to be the international leader of listening practices, teaching, and research.

Become a member

Be connected to an entire network of professionals from diverse career fields. Access cutting-edge research you can use professionally and personally to give you a better understanding of how listening affects all areas in your life. 

Join us

Upcoming events

March 26, 2015 • Virginia Beach, VA
36th Annual ILA Convention
March 25-28, 2015


The submission deadline for convention proposals is extended to January 15, 2015.  

Submit convention proposals to: ListenUSA@gmail.com

Nominations accepted through December 1, 2014.
Contact Awards Committee Chair:


        Room rates: $109/Single & Double; $119/Triple; $129/Quad 
        2800 Shore Drive
        Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 481-9000 (800) 468-2722 (Toll-Free)
Guests must phone the hotel directly - there will be no online room bookings.
Convention Program, Pre-Convention Workshops and Activities
You will be notified by email when the tentative convention program schedule is available. A link will be posted on the ILA website. Watch for information on exciting pre-convention workshops and activities as well.

        Room rates: $109/Single & Double; $119/Triple; $129/Quad 
        2800 Shore Drive
        Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 481-9000 (800) 468-2722 (Toll-Free)
Guests must phone the hotel directly - there will be no online room bookings.

Dr. Nanette Johnson-Curiskis
Executive Director, International Listening Association 
Box 164, Belle Plaine MN 56011 USA
Phone and TEXT: 1.952.594.5697 

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