ERIC Number: ED345563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
An Investigation of the Listening Strategies of Advanced Learners of Italian as a Second Language.
A psycholinguistic approach to listening was used in this study of listening skills in second language (L2) acquisition. The study tried to identify and classify the problem-solving processes and strategies used by L2 listeners. The processes were categorized from a perspective that took into account the processes underlying their use rather than their product or linguistic outcome. Immediate retrospection was used to analyze the listening processes of five native American speakers in an advanced Italian class. In three sessions each, the students listened to original Italian radio broadcasts of interview, news, and commercial material. A certain degree of overlap was observed in the listening problems, planning processes, and strategies. It is suggested that students need help in acquiring the listening skill in a foreign language and that students should be taught listening comprehension through planning processes and strategies that are activated by the presence of specific problems. It is concluded that the psycholinguistic approach is an example of the growing emphasis on process rather than product, and of teaching ways of processing linguistic information. Contains 23 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Bridging Theory and Practice in the Foreign Language Classroom (Baltimore, MD, October 18-20, 1991).