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1 An Investigation of the Listening Strategies of Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Learners from a Psycholinguistic PerspectiveRaymond PaiDefense Language InstituteForeign Language Center
2 Listening skillOf the four language skills— speaking, listening, reading and writing, listening is the most critical for language learning at the beginning stages. (Rost,1994)Listening is the most frequently used language skill in everyday life. We listen twice as much as we speak, four times as much as we read, and five times as much as we write. (Rivers 1981; Morley, 1991)Listening is a highly integrative skill and research has demonstrated its crucial role in language acquisition (Rost, 1990; Feyten, 1991; Mendelsohn & Rubin, 1995).
3 What makes listening comprehension difficult? Listening is probably the least explicit of the four language skills, making it the most difficult skill to learn. (Vandergrift, 2004)It involves physiological and cognitive processes at different levels (Field, 2002; Lynch, 2002; Rost, 2002), as well as attention to contextual and “socially coded acoustic clues” (Swaffar & Bacon, 1993).
4 What makes listening comprehension difficult? lack of control over the speed at which speakers speak,not being able to get things repeated,the listener's limited vocabulary,failure to recognize the "signals,"problems of interpretation,inability to concentrate, and established learning habits.Underwood (1989)
5 What makes listening comprehension difficult? limited language knowledge,focus on details,limited working memory,limited comprehension due to speed of speech,use of compensatory strategies and contextual factors for guesses.(Vandergrift, 2004)
6 Listening Process (Anderson 1983, 1995) Three cognitive processing phases-- perceptions, parsing, and utilizationPerceptual processing refers to maintaining attention to spoken inputParsing means encoding the input to establish a meaningful representation in short-term memory.Utilization concerns using the background knowledge to interpret the input for storage.
7 Listening comprehension problems (Goh, 2000) Perception stage:do not recognize words they knowneglect the next part when thinking about meaningcannot chunk streams of speechmiss the beginning of textsconcentrate too hard or unable to concentrateParsing stage:quickly forget what is heardunable to form a mental representation from words hearddo not understand subsequent parts of input because of earlier problemsUtilization stage:understand the words but not the intended messageconfused about the key ideas in the message
8 Learning strategy instruction A cognitive approach to foreign language learning is predicated upon the assumption that language learners should be mentally active, purposeful, strategic, and conscious of their own learning processes. The process of learning strategy instruction is to help students become aware of the power of their own metacognition and to teach them metacognitive, cognitive and socialaffective strategies to help them become better language learners. (Chamot, et al., 1990)
9 Listening Strategies (Oxford, 1990; O’Malley and Chamot, 1990) Metacognitive strategiesPlanningDirected attentionSelective attentionSelf-managementSelf-monitoringSelf-evaluationSocial strategiesQuestioningCooperationCognitive strategiesRepetitionResourcingRegroupingNote-takingSubstitutionElaboration between partsElaboration of prior knowledgeSummarizationTranslationInferencingAffective strategiesEmotional control
10 Current study18 students of Chinese Basic Course at DLI (beginning – 48 weeks/1,400+ hours of instruction)InstrumentDLPT5 listening resultsQuestionnaire (Ehrman & Leaver Learning Style, personality type, and Barsch Learning Style)Immediate Retrospective Verbalization / Think-aloud sessionsStrategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) by OxfordLanguage Strategy Use Inventory and Index (LSUII) by Cohen, Oxford, and ChiPilot and ongoing study with both quantitative and qualitative analyses in progress
11 Immediate Retrospective Verbalization / Think-aloud sessions Students “think-aloud” before and immediately after each listening segmentRaise awareness for the students and lead the researchers into the “black box” of the cognitive and metacognitive strategies used for listening comprehension
13 Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL)
14 Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) Remember more effectivelyUsing your mental processCompensating for missing knowledgeOrganizing and evaluating your learningManaging your emotionsLearning with others
15 Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL)
16 Language Strategy Use Inventory and Index (LSUII)
17 Language Strategy Use Inventory and Index (LSUII) Strategies to become more familiar with the sounds in the target languagePractice sounds in the target language that are very different from sounds in my own language to become comfortable with them.Strategies to prepare to listen to conversation in the target languagePrepare for talks and performances I will hear in the target language by reading some background materials beforehandStrategies to listen to conversation in the target languageListen for word and sentence stress to see what native speakers emphasize when they speakPay attention to the rise and fall of speech by native speakers– the “music” of it.
18 Affective factors in listening AnxietyMotivationSelf-Esteem/ConfidenceLearning stylePersonalityCreativityWillingness to communicateLearner beliefs
19 Pedagogical Implications The relationship between strategy use and proficiency is very complicated: Issues such as frequency and quality of strategy use do not bear a simple linear relationship to achievement in a second language. (McDonough, 1999)Low reported strategy use is not always a sign of ineffective learning. Also, reportedly high-frequency use of strategies does not guarantee that the learning is successful. In a causal class observation, one might see some learners working eagerly and using many strategies, but… do not employ those strategies effectively. Studies relying solely on frequency data may miss this point. Because frequency results alone do not explain everything about strategy use, it is necessary to include other indices of learners’ behaviors that reflect their decision making. ‘The more, the better’ is not always the case in strategy use. (Yamamori et al., 2003)
20 Pedagogical Implications Encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning is a loud refrain in current thinking on schooling. To help all students become “self-regulated,” theory suggests the need for a better understanding of the strategies that successful students use to maintain effort and protect commitments in school. (Randi, and Corno, 2002)