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Getting to the bottom of L2 listening instruction: Making a case for bottom-up activities
Meiji Gakuin University, Japan.
Rikkyo University, Japan.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9268-6481
2015 (English)In: Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, ISSN 2084-1965, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 637-662Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper argues for the incorporation of bottom-up activities for English as a foreign language (EFL) listening. It discusses theoretical concepts and pedagogic options for addressing bottom-up aural processing in the EFL classroom as well as how and why teachers may wish to include such activities in lessons. This discussion is augmented by a small-scale classroom-based research project that investigated six activities targeting learners’ bottom-up listening abilities. Learners studying at the lower-intermediate level of a compulsory EFL university course were divided into a treatment group (n = 21) and a contrast group (n = 32). Each group listened to the same audio material and completed listening activities from an assigned textbook. The treatment group also engaged in a set of six bottom-up listening activities using the same material. This quasi-experimental study used dictation and listening proficiency tests before and after the course. Between-group comparisons of t-test results of dictation and listening proficiency tests indicated that improvements for the treatment group were probably due to the BU intervention. In addition, results from a posttreatment survey suggested that learners value explicit bottom-up listening instruction.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 4, p. 637-662
Keywords [en]
listening pedagogy, bottom-up listening activities, dictation, listening proficiency
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Educational Sciences
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80925DOI: 10.14746/ssllt.2015.5.4.6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80925DiVA, id: diva2:1293100
Available from: 2019-03-03 Created: 2019-03-03 Last updated: 2019-03-11Bibliographically approved

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