Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
listening comprehension, outside-of-class activity, language exposure, authentic language input, metacognitive awareness, self-efficacy
Abstract An increasing number of international students choose to study English in United States so they have the authentic language environment to effectively improve their language skills. The current study conducts a statistical analysis to examine the relationship between learners’ outside-of-class language activities and their listening comprehension performance in listening tests. In addition to language activities, learners’ metacognitive awareness level and self-efficacy level are examined with respect to their relationships to learners’ listening comprehension performance. Based on the survey, learners do get involved in different outside-of-class English language activities and enjoy an authentic language environment by studying abroad. Also, the results of the regression analysis reveal evidence on the significant correlations between some outside-of-class activities and listening comprehension performance. Activities such as having people speaking English around or being spoken to and English reading are shown to be significantly correlated with learners’ listening comprehension improvement either positively or negatively. Furthermore, the analysis shows a positive relationship between learners’ self-efficacy level and their listening comprehension level, and suggests the necessity to help leaners improve their self-efficacy performance.
Yin, Mengmei, "The Effect and Importance of Authentic Language Exposure in Improving Listening Comprehension" (2015). Culminating Projects in English. 33.