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Homework #3

Reducing Barriers to Listening - 20 Points


Purpose: To allow yu to identify listening barriers that may impact yur own listening behaviors in receiving and responding to messages.

Directions: Yu only need to select three of the eight listed below to for this homework.  Visualize yurself ready to talk with the following people on the topics below.  For each communication situation yu select complete the following: 

  1. What barrier(s) to listening (from any stage: Hearing, Understanding, Remembering, Interpreting, Evaluating, Responding) might arise in each encounter?  How would yur initial expectations influence yur listening? How would yu assess the person's credibility (even before yu begin to talk)? How will this influence yur listening? Will yu begin listening with a positive, a negative, or a neutral attitude? How might these attitudes influence yur listening?  The barriers to listening are included in chapter headings, Elements in the Listening Process and The Challenge of Listening.  

  1. What would yu do to prevent these barriers from interfering with effective listening?  Yu can find preventative tips in the chapter heading, Meeting the Challenge of Listening.  

Only choose three of the eight listed to complete the assignment.

  • A friend tells you he's HIV+. 
  • An instructor argues that the feminist movement is dead. 
  • A lesbian mother argues that current adoption laws are discriminatory. 
  • A coalition of homeless people claims the right to use public spaces. 
  • A politician says that relationships between different races will never be better. 
  • A Catholic priest argues that people need to remain virgins until marriage. 
  • A relative argues that abortion, regardless of the circumstances, is murder. 
  • A telephone company representative asks that you switch to their new long-distance system. 

This assignment should be about two pages long.  Please proofread, spell check, and doble-spced your essay.  Each situation can be completed with about half to three-quarters of a page.

This is the link to the text, "Looking Out, Looking In", chapter five. Please reference.


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