ERIC Number: ED406835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Multimedia Contextual Cues and Listening Comprehension: The Interactive Multimedia Listening Comprehension Program.
This paper describes a computerized listening comprehension text created using an authoring system and designed for intermediate students of Chinese as a second language. The 12 lessons, enhanced with sound, animated visuals, and feedback, guide students in using appropriate top-down and bottom-up processing strategies to improve listening comprehension. Four listening skills are targeted: skimming; scanning; word inference; and distinguishing sounds. Lessons begin with pre-listening or advance organizer activities, then proceed to skimming, scanning, and word inference. A study using the materials had as subjects 11 American university students of Chinese. The students made steady progress through the semester, as indicated by gains in quiz scores. The students appeared to use many visual cues and word knowledge in their listening comprehension, performing most tasks correctly when visual cues were present. However, item analysis suggests the students need to practice listening for main ideas and facts. Participants felt the interactive multimedia materials helped them, and appreciated certain features such as repetition of segments. By the end of the program, they tend to value top-down strategies and listen to meanings. A materials evaluation form and listening strategy survey are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (30th, Philadelphia, PA, November 22-24, 1996).