Video for listening

Video for listening

Simpsons: Season 4, episode 2

The beginning of this episode had a nice sequence about listening, or lack thereof. Marge informs Homer that she is leaving to try out for a play that night, a musical version of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Homer and the kids are distracted by a beauty pageant on TV and miss Marge’s multiple messages about the audition. It is a nice example of the differences between hearing and listening and I ask the students follow-up questions:

  • Is the problem here that Homer can’t hear her?
  • How do we know he can hear her?
  • Is he listening to her?
  • How do we know he is not?
  • What are the barriers that are keeping him from listening?

Note: This clip does have an offensive word. It is easy to cut the clip down for time and to remove the word and still be effective.


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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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