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Counting words [1]

Short description

Being able to filter out content and formal elements as a listener



Group size



10 - 15 minutes



Goal of this exercise is improving

  • Auditory attention

  • mnemonics

  • the power of imagination to memorise an action

Children learn to pay attention to the content and formal features of a narrative at the same time.


Teacher: "I'm going to read you a story. You should listen carefully because it is an exciting story and you should be able to tell it afterwards! But I have another task for you: You have to count some very specific words that appear in the story.

Pay attention to how many times the word "and" occurs in this story!

It becomes more difficult when the children have to pay attention to more than one word!

For older pupils, the selective perception of empty phrases in a story, a dialogue, a recording is particularly important. Empty phrases in speeches cause the listener's concentration to wane. The children should use this experience to improve their own speaking behaviour.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness


Learning Fundamentals

Learning and memory

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