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5 Ls of Listening Poster


A poster highlighting the 5 Ls of Listening.

Information on poster includes:

  • Lap – Place your hands in your lap.
  • Lips – Keep your mouth closed, zip your lips.
  • Look – Let the speaker know you are ready to listen by looking at them.
  • Listen – Get your ears ready to listen to the important messages.
  • Legs – Sit on the floor with your legs crossed, or sit in a chair with both feet at on the floor.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

English > Foundation Year > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1646
Listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom situationsElaborationslistening to, remembering and following simple instructions (Skills:...

English > Year 1 > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1656
Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questionsElaborationslistening for details in spoken informative ...

English > Year 2 > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1666
Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others' ideas in discussionsElaborationsusing spoken language for problem solving, and exploring...

English > Year 3 > Language > Language for interaction > ACELA1476
Understand that successful cooperation with others depends on shared use of social conventions, including turn-taking patterns, and forms of address that vary according to the degree of formality in ...

English > Year 3 > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1676
Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situationsElaborationsparticipating in collaborative discussions, building on an...

English > Foundation Year > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1784
Use interaction skills including listening while others speak, using appropriate voice levels, articulation and body language, gestures and eye contactElaborationslearning how to use different voice l...

English > Year 1 > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1788
Use interaction skills including turn-taking, recognising the contributions of others, speaking clearly and using appropriate volume and paceElaborationsidentifying turn-taking patterns in group and p...

English > Year 2 > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1789
Use interaction skills including initiating topics, making positive statements and voicing disagreement in an appropriate manner, speaking clearly and varying tone, volume and pace appropriatelyElabor...

English > Year 3 > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1792
Use interaction skills, including active listening behaviours and communicate in a clear, coherent manner using a variety of everyday and learned vocabulary and appropriate tone, pace, pitch and volum...


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  • This is a great poster! I refer to it often 🙂 Thank you!!!

    Comment by Emily on October 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

  • This is a fantastic poster. It would be great to have a version with legs crossed on the floor/mat for early years please.

    Comment by kristie bennett on January 31, 2015 at 7:36 pm

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