Speaking to Different Communicative Partners
For the first two worksheets, students must begin by writing answers to six basic questions without knowing to whom they are speaking. Then, after finding out who their listener is (ie. a job interviewer or a parent), students choose which pieces of information within their written answers they would keep providing to each given listener. Included are a written discussion on the importance of tailoring information to specific listeners (listener presupposition) and a third worksheet for which students write answers to questions given by a variety of listeners. A discussion of their choices naturally follows. These social skills worksheets work on the abilities to take into account specific listeners’ needs, to understand the correlation between statements and impressions given, and to modify statements accordingly to achieve goals.