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  • September 08, 2014 11:50 AM | Nan Johnson-Curiskis (Administrator)

     ILA President Pam Cooper interviewed for the US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT article, 7 Ways to Be a Better Listener While Interviewing 


  • July 22, 2014 6:37 PM | Laura Janusik

    Proud to be quoted in the Wall Street Journal today!

    This article can also be accessed if you copy and paste the entire address below

    into your web browser.


  • May 14, 2014 12:25 AM | Michael Purdy
    Talking About Listening | Anne Libera & Michael Purdy by Talking About Listening Host: Michael Purdy interviews Anne Libera of The Second City's Chicago Training Center. Produced & directed by Aida Milbergs. Talking About Listening | Algis Mickunas & Michael Purdy by Talking About Listening Host: Michael Purdy interviews philosopher Algis Mickunas. Produced & directed by Aida Milbergs. Talking About Listening | Charles Nolley & Michael Purdy by Talking About Listening Host: Michael Purdy interviews Charles Nolley. Produced & directed by Aida Milbergs. Talking About Listening | Jon Carlson & Michael Purdy by Talking About Listening Host: Michael Purdy interviews psychologist Jon Carlson. Produced & directed by Aida Milbergs. Talking About Listening | Andrew Wolvin & Michael Purdy by Talking About Listening Host: Michael Purdy interviews communications professor, Andrew Wolvin. Produced & directed by Aida Milbergs. HD
  • March 05, 2014 7:00 AM | Linda Eve Diamond
    Hello ILA Friends! :) I shared a post about Listening Awareness Month on the blog at http://ListenersUnite.com. Here's a direct link to the post: Happy Listening Awareness Month!

    I'm also sharing any Twitter posts with #ListeningAwarenessMonth on the Listening News page here.

    Wishing you a wonderful Listening Awareness Month!  :)

  • February 09, 2014 9:29 PM | Michael Purdy

    Did anyone see the articles in the NY Times Education section today, Sunday?

    There was an interesting article for those interested in listening and gender. I tried to insert

    a table here from the article showing how men listen for nonverbal signals of a woman's consent and women think that verbal communication is listened to. Not sure I am doing justice to this, but there is definitely something for listening scholars to consider with regards gender communication.

    It is a short article, and the table suggests some questions. Take a look and see what you think.


  • February 06, 2014 12:48 AM | Michael Purdy

    This is old news for listening scholars, but still a challenge to our interest.

  • November 12, 2013 11:45 AM | Linda Eve Diamond
    The Listeners Unite Bookshop, a new place for finding listening-related resources, includes many great books by ILA members! Bookshop sections include General Listening, Kids & Families, Business, Creative Inspiration and more.  If any of my ILA friends know of a valuable listening book that's not listed, I welcome recommendations, which can be sent to me here.

    (The Listeners Unite Bookshop is an extension of http://ListenersUnite.com.)
  • July 10, 2013 2:43 PM | Helen Ralston



    Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer at the New Yorker and best-selling author of books such as The Tipping Point and Outliers, giving a short talk about how listening more carefully might have shortened the Vietnam War.


  • July 10, 2013 12:21 PM | Linda Eve Diamond

    Hello listening friends!

    I’m excited to share the new release of my listening-themed poetry book, THE BEAUTY OF LISTENING. This collection explores and honors the ever-challenging art and skill of listening.

    Several great writers, readers and listeners have given the book an early read and enthusiastic endorsements, including ILA's Lyman K. "Manny" Steil, Alan R. Ehrlich, Jerry Catt-Oliason, Margarete Imhof and Kay Lindahl.  (To see book endorsements, click here.)  

    Excerpts from the book description:  Inside these pages, you’ll meet paper dolls and monsters, writers at work and words at play, and you’ll find many open questions of perspective...  While each poem tells its own story, the collection also tells a larger listening story.  From thoughts on where listening begins to the evolution of words and communication styles, the story leads into the deep need for listening time, both inner and interpersonal. Inner listening is explored from intuition to where inner and interpersonal listening entwine, making self-awareness essential for truly listening to others.”

    THE BEAUTY OF LISTENING is available through Amazon and other major online booksellers.

    Thanks for listening, friends.  :)

  • July 10, 2013 8:32 AM | Nan Johnson-Curiskis (Administrator)
    NAGPUR: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to outsource preparation of materials for Assessment of Speaking And Listening<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Assessment-of-Speaking-And-Listening> (ASL) skills test for std IX and XI. ASL was introduced in 2012 and is basically an oral examination of language skills, but with a more comprehensive approach. It accounts for about 10% of marks in English.

    The plan to outsource is done with a view of providing professionally prepared test materials that will provide remedial options to students.

    The board has floated tenders inviting bids from firms to not only create these test materials but also to provide certification to students that are internationally recognized. It plans to grant the contract from 2013-18. The tender document issued by the board says "good communication skills raise the self-esteem of a student and CBSE<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/CBSE> essentially desires that the student acquires proficiency in it by the time he/she leaves the portals of the school. In present day global market, speaking and listening are considered to be the essential skills of life".

    The board adds that language skills are important in both theory and practicals. CBSE further says that it "wishes to engage an agency that would assess speaking and listening skills formally at secondary and senior secondary level so that these skills are correspondingly acquired during the transaction of English language curriculum in language classrooms. The agency should also develop age appropriate teacher and learner support materials for language skills acquisition drawing upon drama, theatre and music".

    The board has made it clear that the format of the test and assessment criterion shall be developed by the bidder based on CBSE Curriculum guidelines map. The board also wants certificate of assessment to be benchmarked for international recognition in due course of time. Till that happens, the certificate given to students will be issued jointly by CBSE and the outside agency. The methodology to conduct and implement the test will be arrived at to ensure that assessment is valid, reliable and fair.

    CBSE has emphasized that the "result of the examination will be used for the purpose of 'remediation' through descriptors to profile an examinee. The result will also, therefore be used to cause a wash back into classroom teaching-learning process at all the levels in the schools".

    The bids will be opened in the first week of August and by September the board is expected to announce the name of the winning firm.


    ASL consists of two components - speaking and listening tests.


    The speaking test will last for a total of 12 minutes maximum and will be conducted for two students at a time. A single teacher will function as the interlocutor and assessor for both the students, and he/she must be an expert in English subject. The test has been divided into three section with the first being general introduction. Here the interlocutor converses with the two candidates with simple questions based on the students' names, place of residence, leisure preferences etc.

    The second part will be called the 'mini presentation' in which students have the choice to pick up a 'role card' or a 'cue card'. Both cards will have a topic written on it and students will be given one minute to prepare and organize their thoughts on paper (to be provided by the school only). After this students will be given two minutes each to present their ideas.

    The third part of the test will be pair interaction. Both students are given a verbal or visual stimulus and asked to respond to it with each other for three minutes. In case a student has not been able to speak or has been unable to speak owing to nervousness, the dominance of the second candidate or any other factor, then, the interlocutor may use an extra one minute to give a fresh opportunity to that student.


    Listening Comprehension tests the candidate's ability to listen for basic interpersonal, instructional and academic purposes. Students will hear a set of recordings of the listening input or listen to a reading of the listening input. Each of the recordings will be played twice and students are not allowed to ask questions or interrupt the teacher at any point. CBSE says this is crucial since students "are being tested for listening skills".

    After listening to the recording or oral reading, students will be required to answer a set of questions. The test has four sections and all are compulsory. A worksheet will be provided to students on which they can write their answers.

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