Report card comments for listening and speaking don’t receive as much love as the other subject areas, but these skills are essential for teaching and learning in all grades.

Listening and speaking report card comments are not just for English language learners. It’s important to note how well all students are responding to and interacting with others in the school environment.

Find below report card comments for speaking and listening.

I’ve used these comments over the years to communicate with parents how well their child is meeting listening and speaking standards regarding behavior and academics.

These report card comments save you time, and afterwards, if you desire to write “meatier” notes, check out my colossal collection of comments, designed especially with the elementary teacher in mind.

Report Card Comment Descriptors

To change a report card comment to reflect a more negative or positive tone, strategically choose qualifiers to do so. Here are some examples…

  • progressing well in…
  • progressing slowing with…
  • rarely…
  • seldomly…
  • frequently…
  • is hesitant to…
  • always…
  • hardly…

How to Write Good Report Card Comments

  • Be positive. Start and end your report card comments for listening and speaking on a good note. Focus on the child’s strengths, and highlight those traits. Afterwards, mention the not-so-pleasant comment. End with an actionable next step that evokes a feeling of encouragement and optimism.
  • Be honest. If a student is challenging, say so…but be strategic in how you do so. These listening and speaking comments help you do just that, so don’t feel like you have to reinvent the wheel.
  • Review before delivery. Revise and edit your comments well before you hand them off to your students’ parents. Though mistakes happen, glaring errors can be quite embarrassing when you consider your audience.
  • Be detailed. Try to write report card comments that are as detailed as possible. You want to convey exactly how each child is meeting speaking and listening standards. You don’t have to write a book, but you do want parents to see that you know their child well.

Report Card Comments for Listening (Behavior)

  • _______commonly chooses to ignore the teacher’s redirection.
  • It is difficult for _______to listen attentively to others.
  • _______refuses to follow instructions the first time they are given.
  • _______is often distracted by others.
  • _______frequently ignores the teacher’s instructions.
  • _______has a habit of making eye contact with the listener.
  • _______often talks over peers instead of listening to their ideas.
  • _______benefits from visual cues to assist with listening comprehension.
  • At times, _______exhibits selective listening when he doesn’t feel like completing a particular assignment.
  • _______always follows instructions the first time they are given.
  • _______immediately lines up after hearing the signal that recess has finished.

Report Card Comments for Listening (Academic)

  • _______struggles to differentiate the letter sounds of…
  • _______listens much better when she seats closer to the teacher.
  • Because ________is at a beginner English learner, he exhibits some difficultly comprehending the read aloud.
  • _______is seldomly able to retell the main parts of a text selection without assistance from the teacher.
  • _______commonly asks and answers questions in order to clarify information.
  • During the dictation section of spelling tests, ________is increasingly progressing well as her listening comprehension improves.
  • With English language accommodations, ________comprehends the material much better.
  • _______pays close attention to the teacher’s instructions.
  • When viewing educational videos, ________takes clear notes that show the main idea.
  • _______asks the same questions repeatedly about the lesson even after the teacher has explained the matter in detail several times.
  • As _______plays games at recess, she listens carefully for her turn to participate.
  • _______listens attentively to the read aloud during Reader’s Workshop.

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listening and speaking report card comments

Report Card Comments for Speaking (Behavior)

  • _______actively participates in class discussions.
  • _______always waits until her classmates have finished their thoughts before speaking.
  • _______often talks over his peers.
  • _______talks excessively during class discussions.
  • _______expresses emotions and feelings appropriately.
  • When participating in class discussion, _______rambles without making a clear point.
  • _______seldomly waits her turn to speak.
  • _______hardly hesitates to express his thoughts and ideas.
  • _______commonly speaks clearly.
  • _______has a tendency to stutter a bit when speaking.
  • _______naturally describes events in detail with little prompting from the teacher.
  • _______conversation quickly becomes argumentative when he doesn’t get his way.
  • _______regularly speaks in coherent and complete sentences.
  • _______has a gift for the spoken word and speaks eloquently.
  • _______speaks so quickly that others have a difficult time understanding her.

Report Card Comments for Speaking (Academic)

  • _______ is able to distinguish sounds in words.
  • _______frequently enunciates when giving a presentation.
  • _______confidently participates in a range of conversations with peers.
  • _______ has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.
  • _______easily retells the main idea of a text selection.
  • _______demonstrates a vast vocabulary.
  • _______struggles to use standard English grammar such as…
  • _______confidently articulates the main points during show and tell time.
  • _______commonly asks and answers questions in order to clarify information.

Wrapping Up

These report card comments for listening and speaking will save you time and headache as you draft your comments before the deadline.

If you teach English language learners, these ESL report card comments dive a bit deeper into speaking and listening academic standards.

They’ll definitely come in handy and help you to convey in more depth the linguistic progress of your students.

And as you plan for future lessons, consider these listening and speaking activities to help improve these essential skills for your learners.

Sending you positive vibes as you work on your comments…

Best,

~Missi