Interactive Listening Activity:

The  Art  of  the  Paraphrase

a.k.a. "The Mirror"

 

FREDA: "I don't even know anything about Home Depot. I'm sorry."
 

L ineffective paraphrasing [to a third party]: "Freda threw up her hands & (said)...'I've never shopped at a Home Depot. I have nothing to contribute'."

 

J better paraphrasing:

       content-type: "What I heard Freda saying was that she was unfamiliar with exactly what Home Depots are all about."

 

       feelings-type: "So, Freda, it sounds as if  you are uncomfortable & apprehensive with the Home Depot focus of this project."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the years, I have discovered that many people think they understand the definition of a paraphrase, but they really don't.  And that's what this activity is all about.   Be sure to read the guidelines in your textbook & also remember that a paraphrase is NOT your opinion of what the other person has said --NOR is it your commentary,  NOR is it an evaluation, NOR is it a super-short reductionist summary . It IS a reflection back of what you thought you heard [either content or feelings]

 

Directions To The Conversationalists:   In preparation for this in-class activity, be sure to  review Chapter guidelines for your course:

COST1600 = Chap 6 (in 15/14 eds & Mindtap - ) / updated page specifications pending . For now, read Ch 6 {explanation +"Communication Skill" + Skill Building" [pp.121-122;pp130-131[Chap7: pp. 94-95 {13e} or pp. 150-1]{12e}}  //

COST2625 =  Chap 4  Note: This book discusses active listening but it does not explain interpersonal paraphrasing.

COST1610 = Chap 5-esp. pp. 130-142 {6e}  or  pp. 137- 143{5e} //  

COST2622 = Chap 7 { CH8{5e}  } .  

 During the activity, first, you & your partner will orally brainstorm controversial topics until you find one on which you two disagree.  Begin a discussion on that topic.  After EACH person's statement, the partner must PARAPHRASE that statement ].  Only when the statement has been paraphrased to the satisfaction of the partner (& the silent observer,as well) can the conversation move on to the next statement/utterance.  Continue this statement-->paraphrase--> response sequencing until you are satisfied that you have fully examined each other's respective positions and that an "understanding" has been reached. Be aware that this will take longer than a regular conversation. The emphasis is NOT on what you have to say,  but on reflecting back what you have LISTENED to. 

 

 

Directions To The Silent Observers:   In preparation for this in-class activity, be sure to review Chapter guidelines for your course:

COST1600 = Chap 6  {explanation +"Communication Skill" + "On Your Feet"/"Skill Building"  

[pp. 94-95 {13e} or pp. 150-1]{Chap7=12e}}  //

COST2625 =  Chap 4  Note: This book discusses active listening but it does not explain interpersonal paraphrasing.

COST1610 = Chap 5-esp. pp. 130-151 {7e}   or   pp.130-142 {6e}  or  pp.137- 143{5e} //  

COST2622 = Chap 7 {6e} /  CH8{5e} .  

 

  During the activity, for approximately 10 minutes, the other 2 people in your triad will be discussing a current topic which lends itself to disagreement & differing interpretations; therefore, listening problems may occur.

As the Silent Observer, you should not participate in the conversation, but do write down notes on what you observe in the listening behaviors of the others (especially  in reference to the listening factors covered in your text as well as anything that MAY have been discussed in your class , (e.g. "10 Keys..." handout, the slide shows and in the videoclips.) Different classes will have different lead-in materials.

At the end of their conversation, you will have an opportunity to tell the 2 conversationalists what you noticed about their respective listening skills & listening behaviors. Be tough!

 

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see your class's chart below for the role you are being asked to play:  [use these shortcuts or scroll down]

 

COS- T-2622-AA__ F13

 

 

 

- COST-1600-LS __ S'18

 

- COST-1610-AA___ F'13

 

- COST-2622-AA   S ' 17

 

- COST-2625-AA__ F '17

 

- COST-2625-BB _ S'18

 

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COST2622AA - F'13
Conversationalist Conversationalist Silent Observer
Can you parahrase better than  Metallica?
Victoria P. Sanjay P. Kirby C.   
Anthony C.   Allie P. Brianna N.
Matt K. Samantha F. Zack H.
Michael F. Josh R. Gaby R.
Michelle P. Shatanik H. Paul L.
+s.o. for S & E]
 if nec, use these matchups for demo purposes/ alternate version only: 
Paul Brianna Kirby
           

      

  

        

2625-AA- F'17
Conversationalist Conversationalist Silent Observer
Abby D.       Zack V.    Beuk F.  
Lexington F.   Michael P. Manzuma H.
Ahniyah R. 

  Ekta R.

 Chris L.  
Fatima M.     Ryan H.   Avani S.  
Jessica M.  [+s.o. for R&J ]  Erin K.    [+s.o. for R&J ]  Rhondi G. &  Jon S.
  IF NECESSARY: alternate version / these matchups for demonstration purposes only:      
>>>> Content paraphrase:
   
 Ryan H. Erin K.  Chris L.
     
>>>> Feelings paraphrase    
  Lexington F.  Zack V. Avani S.
     
TODAY'S TOPIC ON THE TABLE:  " the most significant hthing [positive or negative] to happen to me in the last six months..."  

        

 

 

 

 

 
_______________ abs [+s.o. for M&J]
COST1610 - AAFall '13

 

Conversationalist Conversationalist Silent Observer
  George H.     Kai A.    Malik D.  
  Marie M.   Kyra C.  Erica G.  
  Anthony  C. [+s.o. for N & T]   Lorena I.   [+s.o. for N & T]  Nicki M. & Terrance R.
 Chris D. Matt K. Praveen S.
Shalil P. Paul L. Michelle M.
     
     
 if nec, use these matchups for demo purposes/ alternate version only: 
 
Terrance Kyra Malik
   
 

 

 

 

 

COST2622 AA - S  '17    
Conversationalist Conversationalist Silent Observer
     
TODAY'S TOPIC ON THE TABLE:  " the most significant  thing [positive or negative] to happen to me in the last six months..."  
Michael B. Tyler C. Kim K.
Alicia M. [+s.o. for A &  V ] Eli C. [+s.o. for A &  V ] Alex C. & Veronica W.
Petal J. Neal M. Matt C.
Ivana F. [+s.o. for D & J ] Dante T. [+s.o. for D & J ] Billy T.   & Joe S.
Chris R. Aubrey C. Stephanie S.
     
     
     
     
  IF NECESSARY: alternate version / these matchups for demonstration purposes only:      
>>>> Content  paraphrase:
   
Chris R. Eli C. Stephanie S.
     
>>>> Feelings paraphrase    
Petal J. . Dante T. Kim K.
     
     
     
 
 
     
     
     
LS-Spring '18: 
Conversationalist Conversationalist Silent Observer
Vansh A.   Josh B.   Anthony G.
Mariam B.   Leigh Ann R.        Arielle F.
 Jennifer R.  Nick J.   Frank M.
  Nick D.  Nathaniel J.   Niki T.  
     
     
     
     
     
TODAY'S TOPIC ON THE TABLE- #1:  the most significant  thing to happen to me in the last six months... >>>>Feelings paraphrase
     
TODAY'S TOPIC ON THE TABLE- #2:  So far, I would describe my experiences at college as ____. I say this because... >>>>Content paraphrase
     
     
   
Section BB-- S'18
Conversationalist Conversationalist Silent Observer
 Giuliana D.    Jared D.   Stephen C.
 Melissa N.[+s.o. for   S & F ]  Lizzy M.[+s.o. for  S & F ]  Steven P &  Frankie P.
 Rachel G.   Sheihk (Zee) E.    Rob D.
 Pat A. Jordan M.   Luke K.  
  Matt Q.  [ +s.o. for E & J]  Al M. [ +s.o. for E & J]  Emily S. & Joe S.
 
  IF NECESSARY: alternate version /
 these matchups for demonstration purposes only
   
 
>>>> Content  paraphrase:
   
Luke K. Frankie P.  Giuliana D.
     
>>>> Feelings paraphrase    
 "Zee" E.   Lizzy M.  Rachel G.
 
TODAY'S TOPIC ON THE TABLE:  " the most significant  thing [positive or negative] to happen to me in the last six months..."  
  dble duty / [you're assigned twice][+s.o. for E & J]

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