Speaking and listening: Types of listening

Listening is different, depending on the situation you're in. When listening face-to-face, look for body language and gestures. When listening on the phone, tone of voice can be key to understanding the other person.

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Types of listening includes:

  • Listening to instructions
  • Following a narrative
  • Listening for detail
  • Checking and asking for clarification

Downloadable Factsheets

Listening to instructions
Listening in care
Listening in different situations
Listening to instructions and making links
What is listening?

Downloadable Worksheets

Listen and draw
Checking instructions
Listening to safety instructions
Bathing a patient: Listening for information
Giving out drugs in a care home: Listening for information
Security on the ward: Listening for information

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