Dear teaching friends:
Here are a couple of videos that are useful for discussion.
The first, “It’s not about the nail,” offers a great example of distracted listening, a situation where an object in the environment is causing “communication noise,” and gendered communication stereotypes.
The second video shows Prince William, Prince Harry, and Duchess Kate having a conversation about mental health initiatives in Britain. Compare and contrast Kate’s speech with that of the Princes, and consider whether there are gendered elements. It’s also interesting to think about power distance / power imbalance – even though these men are her husband and brother-in-law, and she is now a member of the royal family, there are deferential tones and phrases in her speaking.