Support for foreign language listeners: Its effectiveness and limitations
by Cindy Shen, PhD student at National Taiwan Normal University on Oct 03, 2010
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The assessment of listening comprehension in a second language has ...
The assessment of listening comprehension in a second language has
received relatively little attention until recently. This study investigated the effective-
ness of providing different types of listening support for learners in a foreign language
environment with a low level of English proﬁciency. The research was conducted with
140 students taking an English listening course at a college in Taiwan. The participants
took sections of a listening test under four different conditions. Two of the conditions
provided support in the form of either a set of pictures or a written background text.
The third condition was a repetition of the test input, whereas the fourth one was simply
no type of support. After the test, the participants completed a short questionnaire and
some of them were also interviewed. According to the results, repeating the input was
the most effective treatment, followed by having visual and textual support. However,
the limits of the learners’ English competence meant that all of the types of support
could improve their comprehension only to a certain degree. Nevertheless, the provi-
sion of appropriate support may motivate foreign language learners to improve their
listening proﬁciency by making adequate comprehension more attainable for them.
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