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Sheppard, Beth; Butler, Brian – CATESOL Journal, 2017
Listening comprehension is an essential and challenging skill for language learners, and listening instruction can also be a challenge for language instructors, since they have little access to the listening process inside students' minds. Greater knowledge about what learners perceive when they listen could help language teachers better tailor…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Sheppard, Beth; Elliott, Nancy; Baese-Berk, Melissa – ORTESOL Journal, 2017
Intensive English Program (IEP) Instructors and content faculty both listen to international students at the university. For these two groups of instructors, this study compared perceptions of international student speech by collecting comprehensibility ratings and transcription samples for intelligibility scores. No significant differences were…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, College Students, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Sheppard, Beth; Rice, Jennifer; Rice, Korey; DeCoster, Brendan; Drummond-Sardell, Rachel; Soelberg, Nate – ORTESOL Journal, 2015
Instructors from an Intensive English Program (IEP) conducted classroom observations in university courses commonly attended by international students to answer two questions: 1) What listening and speaking demands do international students face in courses at our university? 2) How can instructors in our IEP better prepare our students for these…
Descriptors: Intensive Language Courses, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Sheppard, Beth – CATESOL Journal, 2014
Freely available online videos are the basis of an Intensive English Program (IEP) listening and speaking course described in this article. Strands and activities of this course could easily be adapted for use in other institutions. For each strand of the course, rationales are stated, activities are described, and suggested online resources are…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Video Technology, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning