Conversation is a skill that makes you impressive if you are good in it. Words, gestures and dealings count more than your good looks. Through your better conversation, you can build happy interpersonal relations at work, family and friends.
Some people do not know the value of a good conversation and impacts of poor one. There are few words,said in good way that can plan something very positive. At the other side, again these are words, spoken or written that would create hurt feelings and create negative situation.
Parents and teachers of today`s world are conscious about quality of upbringing of children, their habits and the way they deal and make conversation. An ideal conversing person always enjoy prestige and respect at every stage of life whether school ,college or professional life.
It is common nowadays for students to not know how to have a conversation. Superiority of talk shows in which people with different opinions rarely listen to each other, admire the difference instead preferring to out-shout their opponent. This is due to changed social habits about how texting and tweeting now trump talking and listening as today’s preferred forms of communication.
There is no doubt that learning to listen and talk is an extremely important way to broaden knowledge, understanding and build social community. Core standards in English-language arts include an important emphasis on developing speaking and also listening, which is a basic tool for conversation.
Interacting with students , who feel difficulty in one to one or group conversation, sit with them daily or weekly, make dialogues, pre-written, communicated fro preparation before the dialogue session. By having one to one or group sitting with these students, you will be gradually able to overcome their hindrance to speak and listen.
Keep this activity continuous even you feel students are reluctantly getting it, maintaining a routine will improve them finally.
Identify procedures for having a conversation that includes appropriate non-verbal behavior. For instance, you may teach a strategy like
Sit up straight.
Answer and ask questions.
Nod to show interest.
Track the speaker
Avoid Discouraging remarks.
Keeping positivity is crucial to maintain interest of second party. Try to use sentences that avoid hurtful feeling. Always plan sentence that helps you say that without being hurtful. If student seems unaware, teach a different like, “I totally disagree with that.” Ask student to repeat what you said and then move on to:
Ask question that gives speaker a chance to say it in more than one way. If there would be a closed questions requiring a single word of answer, it may limit the power of explanation of speaker and making him discomfort to start conversation.
To know something with good reasoning, give them space and time to think and then build the answer. Time gaps, allow speaker to think and plan answer and makes more chances of choosing correct answer to build conversation.
Before class begins or in the middle, ask students about their other classes’ interests, what they think about a recent event, or just how they feel about outcome of the game or social even.
When a student is speaking in class and you are listening, give her/him your eye contact. Conversely, gradually scan away from speaker and direct your gaze and movement towards other students. This would often get speaker to redirect his or her talk toward peers as well as it invites peers to get and stay involved with what’s being said.
Use an object, such as a talking stick, as only one signal for turn-taking. Clarify your students that when they have object, it’s their turn to pass or talk while others are expected to listen.
How would you help your class students to become better speakers and listeners? Please share your strategies in the comments section below.