BC: I hope you enjoyed reading this book and learning all about language barriers! Emily and Avery help apply these concepts to our real lives.
FC: Listening Barriers | By Isabella Simerson
1: This is a book about the three listening barriers: external, speaker, and listener. It'll give definitions, examples, and a fun real-life scenario about each barrier! Enjoy the adventures of the friendship of Emily and Avery.
2: External Barriers | External barriers exist outside the speaker and listener, but greatly interfere in communication. | Examples of external barriers include noise outside, a cell phone ringing, other people talking or loud music playing. | Two girls, Emily and Avery, are talking together outside. A bee starts flying around their heads, and they both get distracted by it. The bee is an external barrier that disturbs their communication.
3: Speaker Barriers | Speaker barriers are characteristics of the speaker that interfere in the communication. It be appearance or manner of speaking. | Examples of speaker barriers include distracting hair styles, tapping fingers, playing with jewelery or hair, and constantly saying "like" or "um". | Emily and Avery finally begin talking again after the bee issue. As they continue their conversation, Emily decides to start telling a story. While she's talking, she begins to play with her hair and twist it around her hair. Her actions a speaker barrier because it affects how Avery can listen.
4: Listener Barriers | Listener barriers are personal attitudes or behaviors that interfere in listening. | Examples of listener barriers include internal distractions, lack of knowledge, personal prejudices or desire to talk. | Emily finishes her story and allows Avery to take her turn talking. While Avery is telling Emily about her new boyfriend and their problems, Emily gets more and more confused. She doesn't know who Avery's new boyfriend is! She is so focused on her lack of knowledge that she stops listening to Avery. Her lack of knowledge is a listener barrier because it stops their communication.