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ERIC Number: ED348851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Listening Processes and Authentic Texts.
Long, Donna Reseigh
A study investigated what conscious listening strategies second language learners use when listening to authentic texts. Subjects were six college students of intermediate Spanish. They listened to three authentic audio and three authentic video texts. The introspective commentaries of the subjects on one of the video texts are discussed here. Subjects viewed the tape as much as desired and were allowed to take notes, while listening for details to answer five specific questions. They were advised to think about and comment on how they were processing information. Responses are analyzed for each question separately, focusing on the types of processing used by each student. It was found that the subjects used a variety of strategies for comprehending the text and answering detail questions, including paying continuous attention, previewing, recognizing key words, using background knowledge, taking advantage of text length to absorb content, using pauses to think about what they had heard, focusing on redundancy, and taking notes. It is concluded that the attention, motivation, and comprehension associated here with use of authentic videos indicates little harm and much advantage in their use in the second language classroom. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, College Students, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Strategies, Listening Comprehension, Listening Skills, Metacognition, Notetaking, Prior Learning, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Spanish, Student Attitudes, Videotape Recordings, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Authentic Materials
Note: In: Acting on Priorities: A Commitment to Excellence. Dimension: Languages '90. Report of Southern Conference on Language Teaching; see FL 020 470.