Listening Journal Assignment for Effective Listening Class – Instructions are provided.

See attached document for the course material that was provided that may help with assignment. Example of Journal also attached.


2nd Listening Journal (20%)

Keeping a listening journal will encourage you to think critically about your listening habits and skills. You will describe and analyze your listening behavior by recording a minimum of four listening experiences (entries) in journal form. You should record a variety of listening experiences (professional, personal, academic, social, and so on) in which you listen for various purposes (specifically therapeutic, critical and appreciative). These entries should reveal your understanding of therapeutic, critical, and appreciative listening purposes and demonstrate your ability to apply the concepts, principles, and techniques presented in the course. Your entries should be rich with concepts, principles, and terminology from the assigned readings. Verbal and nonverbal aspects of each listening experience should be shared.

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Each journal entry should be a minimum one full page in length, single spaced, with one inch margins, and a size 12 Times New Roman font. You may be over the page limit (no more than a page and a half per entry), but not under. There are significant deductions for being under.

Include the following information in an organized manner (using subheadings for each) in each entry:

  • Date of listening experience
  • a detailed description of the listening experience (including where, who, what, how, and so on) with an emphasis on the verbal and nonverbal aspects of the episode
  • your purpose(s) and behavior as a listener (this is where you clearly emphasize your role as a discriminative or a comprehensive listener -keeping in mind that comprehensive listening also involves some discriminative listening, but your entry should primarily focus on the higher listening purpose even if some discriminatory aspects are mentioned)
  • a descriptive evaluation, supported by specific examples, of your strengths and weaknesses as a listener
  • what you learned about your listening -including how you might address your weaknesses

Thus your submission will have the following subheadings (single space all subheadings):

Entry #1 (1-4): Therapeutic Listening Entry (or Critical Listening Entry or Appreciative Listening Entry)


Description of Listening Experience:

Purpose and Behaviors as a Listener:

Evaluation of Listening Strengths and Weaknesses:

What I Learned About My Listening:

You should submit one therapeutic entries, two critical entries and one appreciative listening entry and a descriptive 1-page (minimum) concluding summary. This assignment is VERY similar to the listening journal part I, but each focuses on different listening purposes. A formal introduction is not necessary for this assignment. Begin with your journal entries and finish with your concluding summary. This assignment is to be submitted to your assignment folder as one document. Your concluding summary should be an overall evaluation of what you’ve learned about your listening. Reveal both specific details and “the big picture”. Also include how you will work for improvement in all three listening purposes.

Grading Criteria –and Listening Journal

Each listening journal is worth 4 points and the concluding essay is worth 4 points.

For your Listening Journal, you must:

  • fulfill the above requirements in a well organized manner
  • entries should be rich with concepts, principles, terminology from the assigned readings (it should be clear that you have read course material and you are able to apply what you have learned)
  • provide the required subheadings -there is a 1 point deduction if your neglect to include the required subheadings
  • post your work in the assignment folder by the due date -there is a 20% deduction for submitting your work late and late work is only accepted up to a week after the due date
  • submit a minimum of three entries from a variety of listening experiences (professional, personal, academic, social, spiritual/religious, and so on) -there is a 4 point deduction for each missing journal entry
  • appropriately represent both therapeutic, critical and appreciative listening purposes in your submission (1 therapeutic, 2 critical, and 1 appreciative)neglecting to do so will result in up to -12 points
  • explain your strengths and weaknesses in a clear, descriptive, and detailed manner
  • provide a concluding summary of your findings from this experience, including a thorough, sophisticated analysis of your listening behavior as developed in this course (1 page in length, single spaced) -neglecting to include a concluding summary will result in a 3 point deduction
  • proofread and edit your work (well written submission) -there is .10 deduction for each error
  • Use a size 12 Times New Roman font -neglecting to do so will result in a 1 point deduction
  • single space the entire document (no double spacing) -neglecting to do so will result in a 1 point deduction

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