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Listening strategies with television texts : a study of Thai university students of English as a foreign language


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Boonkit, K 2002 , 'Listening strategies with television texts : a study of Thai university students of English as a foreign language', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The aim of the study was to investigate English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learner
listening strategies. The study was conducted in two phases. Phase I was a survey of the
difficulties encountered and the strategies used by Thai university EFL learners in
listening to the main points of three types of TV texts (news, lifestyle programs, and
commercials). This was conducted with two groups of the students in class, using
assessment–practice–assessment procedures. Open-ended questions were used to gain
the data, and quantitative data analysis was employed for the findings. Speed and
vocabulary were the key difficulties, and inferencing was the main strategy category
reported in the two assessment sessions. After the practice sessions, the final
assessment indicated that students improved their listening performance with TV
lifestyle programs and commercials. However, there was no statistically significant
difference between the first and the final assessments of the main points listening
performance for TV news.
In Phase II, a listening program for developing more effective strategies with TV news
was presented and evaluated. The Structured Listening Program (SLP) was undertaken
with a group of six upper-intermediate/advanced Thai university EFL students. The
main purpose of using the SLP was to retain the characteristics of authentic English
texts and assist the learners to make the input comprehensible. The focus was on the
explicit teaching of listening strategies targeted at English language TV news. The
learners were trained to use listening strategies, moving from directed listening, to
facilitated listening and eventually to independent listening.
The findings from Phase II demonstrated that the learners became more aware of
listening strategies. The SLP encouraged the students to seek more opportunities to
listen to a variety of 'real' English outside the classroom Use, Reflection, and Control
were three levels of strategy awareness applied in listening to TV news. Students'
motivation and confidence in listening to authentic English in natural contexts
increased. Students' confidence—not only in listening but also in speaking—was
gradually built up during the SLP. The findings are discussed, and the implications and
limitations of the study are documented in the dissertation.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Boonkit, K
Keywords: Language and languages, Television in higher education, English language
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Thesis (Ph.D )--University of Tasmania, 2002. Includes bibliographical references

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