5 Active listening exercises for students

The current blopgpost will be based on the question “What are active listening exercises for students?”. We will learn the various active listening exercises for students. We will also discuss each exercise in detail to know its effectiveness for improving active listening among students.

What are active listening exercises for students?

Active listening exercises for students are various activities that are used to help the students develop abilities and strengthen capabilities to practice active listening. These exercises help the students to focus on active listening as a part of their routine life communications instead of passive listening. Since students have a great deal of their routine focused around listening it is essential for them to learn exercises that help them active listening.

Active listening, which includes eye contact, appropriate body position and language, and the acts of asking questions, summarizing, and not interrupting, is an essential skill for making new friends, understanding information, and communicating effectively

Active listening helps the students by the following ways:

  • Students are able to clarify their ambiguities
  • They have a greater potential to work 
  • They are more elf relied
  • They have enhanced productivity

Whether the students are building their relationships with friends or attending their routine classroom lectures. The active listening skills help students to :

  • Learn new concepts
  • Engage better in classroom
  • Make new friends
  • Interact with the teacher
  • Socialize better
  • Be more assertive
  • Be more confident

Following are some of the exercises that can be used with students :

  • Prompt
  • Connect with bodies
  • Partner activity
  • Whole body listening
  • Daily listening activities
  • 20 questions listening game
  • Listening mats
  • Storytelling listening games


Gather all the students in a meeting area. Ask one student to volunteer. The student is then asked to answer the question “what is your favourite meal?”. As the student speaks, the teacher tries to maintain eye contact and also provides verbal reassurance. The teacher acknowledges while listening to the students by words like “mmhmmm, ahan”. When the student has completed, the teacher restates what they told. Then the teacher asks a followup question. The teacher can ask “I wonder what you have as a drink with it “. After the student is done speaking, their feedback is asked from all the remaining students if the teacher was being an active listener. 

Connect with bodies

A simple kinesthetic exercise with student to help them learn the rhythmic patterns of active listening is based on making the students practice more by telling them to :

  • State back what is heard by retelling and clarify new understandings
  • Write the words listen, retell, ask, retell on the board so that the students gather that active listening is a continuous process.
  • Repeat the word, sahy the phrase again and again by clapping everytime you say a word
  • Rephrase and restate till you understand
  • Continue to stomp or jump while you say each word so that the students imitate your actions

Partner activity

The above activity is then conducted again with the remaining students. Students are asked to imitate the same question and the same exercise with their partners. Students voluntarily divide themselves into groups of two and each partner tries the same question “what is your favourite meal” as an exercise to practice and learn active listening.

The students also switch roles so that each student gets their turn.

Whole body listening

Whole body listening is an exercise that is done with students where students are motivated to listen to the speaker by focusing their whole body towards the speaker. The students are told to engage their five senses into the listening process and actively take part in the listening process. They are told to be involved in the listening so that eyes are watching, ears are listening, brain is focused on the speaker’s information, mouth is closed, shoulders are squared toward the speaker, heart is caring about the message, hands are folded or in lap, feet are still on the floor.

Daily listening activities

The students’ active listening can be improved by giving them 3 or4 tasks together to be worked upon. Attending and listening to multiple instructions at a single time enables the students to get actively involved in the listening process. They remember all that is being said with an intentional listening and remembering attitude. This way students learn and practice active listening.

20 questions listening game

The 20 questions listening game is based on letting the kids guess the thing you imagined by asking questions. Each question can ask about 20 questions in order to reach their final guess. While a student asks questions, all other students listen so that they dont waste their questions on the same aspect. 

Listening mats

Listening mats involve students to listen practice and visualize whatever is being instructed to them. They are repeatedly instructed to practice and follow the commands. The students draw on their listening mats following the instructions.

Storytelling listening games

The storytelling listening game is played with students to help them enhance their listening skills. The teacher tells the students an interesting story in the form of groups. The students actively listen to the teacher throughout the story. At the end, the students are given small paper pieces with character names from the story written on them. Each student plays an action that was unique to that character in the story. The other students who actively listened to the story have to guess the character in 3 guesses.


The current blogpost will be based on the question ““What are active listening exercises for students?”. We learned the various techniques for improving active listening among students and also discussed each and every technique 

Frequently asked questions : active listening exercises for students

What are active listening activities?

Active listening activities are intentional and deliberate efforts of a speaker to get involved in the listening process and show interest. These activities help the listener  to  comprehend how actively listening is related to effective communication and also aids in overcoming barriers to effective communication.

How do you teach students to listen actively?

Students listen actively through practice and constant learning through various strategies that include :

  • Always face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
  • Be attentive and engaged (listen with your eyes, ears, body, and heart).
  • Try to feel and understand what the speaker is saying.
  • Don’t interrupt the speaker.
  • Wait your turn to ask thoughtful questions or comments

What are 5 active listening techniques?

The 5 active listening techniques are :

  • Pay attention.
  • Show that you’re listening.
  • Provide feedback.
  • Defer judgment.
  • Respond appropriately.

What are four examples of active listening?

The four examples of active listening are :

  • Neutral and nonjudgmental.
  • Patient (periods of silence are not “filled”)
  • Asking questions.
  • Reflecting back what is said