Much of what is learnt in school happens through hearing and listening. New Zealand school pupils spend on average 4-5 hours per day in a classroom.
Children, because they are neurologically immature and lack the experience necessary to predict from context, are inefficient listeners who require optimal conditions in order to hear and understand. Those who continually miss key words, phrases and concepts because of poor listening conditions are significantly disadvantaged.
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