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.