IJCALLT Volume 1, Number 3, ISSN 2155-7098 Publisher: IGI Global
This study investigates the effects of employing extended online thematic listening tasks on the development of listening comprehension in an English course focusing on reading and writing skill development. To accomplish this aim, extended online thematic listening tasks were designed and implemented in English as a Foreign-Language (EFL) college level General English course. Pre- and post-tests were conducted to examine students’ gains in overall listening proficiency. Moreover, students’ mid-term and final exams were compared in order to track student progress. Data on student perceptions of online thematic tasks was also collected and analyzed. Findings suggest that extended online thematic listening tasks may constitute a dynamic forum which fosters significant gains in listening comprehension, test performance, and development of learning strategies. In addition, the findings reveal that students’ initial enthusiasm toward extended online listening tasks faded and the efforts that they put into the tasks gradually decreased as the semester progressed. Therefore, time availability and management become an important pedagogical issue in e-learning.
Sun, Y.C., Chang, W.L. & Yang, F.Y. (2011). An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Extended Online Thematic Listening Tasks on the Development of Listening Comprehension. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 1(3), 37-53. IGI Global.