The listening comprehension difficulties of Chinese tertiary level students

  • Chen Zhuxiu

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    This study examines the listening comprehension
    difficulties of Chinese learners of English as a foreign
    language at the tertiary level by means of two
    listening comprehension tests that were specifically
    designed for this paper and administered to 50 students
    in the English Department of ERWAI (the Peking Foreign
    Language Institute No. 2). The students' listening
    comprehension ability is evaluated on the basis of the
    results of multiple-choice test items, and the students'
    oral performance in answering questions, all of which
    have been recorded and transcribed in full. Proceeding
    from the date and from the theory and practice of
    language teaching and learning, suggestions relating to
    this area are discussed.
    Chapter 1 introduces the background to the problem,
    in which some basic facts concerning the teaching of
    English as a foreign language at the primary, secondary
    and tertiary levels in China are provided. This serves
    as a general review of tertiary students' entry
    behaviour i~ learning English as a foreign language.
    In addition, the aims and objectives of foreign language
    teaching based on ERWAI students' future professional
    needs are discussed.
    Chapter 2 moves to a discussion of the format and
    procedures of the two listening comprehension tests,
    followed by the description and interpretation of the test results.
    Chapter 3 discusses the nature of the listening
    process and surveys the listening strategies needed for
    successful communication.
    In Chapter 4, proposals for improving the teaching
    of listening comprehension at ERWAI are recommended.
    Date of Award1983
    Original languageEnglish

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