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ERIC Number: ED374663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Business of Listening at University (Or: Do International Students Learn by "Not" Listening to Lectures?).
McKnight, Alex
This study sought to determine what a group of first-year English as a Second Language (ESL) university students learned from a series of lectures in English, how the students learned what they appeared to learn, and what features of the lecturer's presentation most affected the learning of the students. Twelve international ESL business students at an Australian university and their instructor in an economics course participated in the study. Students were given pre- and post-tests based on key points covered in the lectures, which were audio- and video-taped. The lecturer's and students' notes were also compared, and students responded to questionnaire based on their perceptions of the lectures. The study found that the students learned relatively little from the lectures themselves, but relied almost exclusively on copying the instructor's overhead transparencies of the key points in the lectures. An analysis of the lectures found that they presupposed a great deal of background knowledge on the part of students of Australian history, current events, and colloquialisms, something that international ESL students would not have. (Contains 35 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia