Presentation 2013-12-14
Listening Comprehension of Spoken English by Japanese learners of English : Unstressed Elements in Dictation Tasks
Riaa NABEI, Yasunari HARADA,
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Abstract(in English) Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology, in conjunction with Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Prime Minister's Office has set up initiatives for "Global Human Resource Development.". In recent years, cultivating communicative competence in English has become the focus of English language education in Japan but learners lack vocabulary and training for applying grammatical knowledge into practical use in real time. One such area in which we need additional attention is listening comprehension, especially in terms of elements in a sentence that do not receive phonetic salience. Most tests and practices on listening comprehension that Japanese learners of English are exposed to are based on multiple choice questions to choose the right words, expressions, pictures and what not based on English words, phrases and sentences presented aurally. This is not as simple as it may sound and would offers good listening practices for the learners but it does not require them to apply their grammatical understanding in real time to figure out what other elements in the sentence might be. In this presentation, we report on our pilot study to see how Japanese learners can comprehend unstressed elements in aurally presented English sentences.
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Keyword(in English) listening comprehension / real-time sentence processing / English proficiency / dictation tasks / unstressed elements in English sentences
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Conference Date 2013/12/7(1days)
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Title (in English) Listening Comprehension of Spoken English by Japanese learners of English : Unstressed Elements in Dictation Tasks
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Keyword(1) listening comprehension
Keyword(2) real-time sentence processing
Keyword(3) English proficiency
Keyword(4) dictation tasks
Keyword(5) unstressed elements in English sentences
1st Author's Name Riaa NABEI
1st Author's Affiliation Graduate School of Education, Waseda University()
2nd Author's Name Yasunari HARADA
2nd Author's Affiliation Faculty of Law, Waseda University
Date 2013-12-14
Paper # TL2013-59
Volume (vol) vol.113
Number (no) 354
Page pp.pp.-
#Pages 6
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