Carol A. Herron (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Associate Professor of French at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
The Effect of Authentic Oral Texts on Student Listening Comprehension in the Foreign Language Classroom
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1991 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 24, Issue 6, pages 487–495, December 1991
How to Cite
Herron, C. A. and Seay, I. (1991), The Effect of Authentic Oral Texts on Student Listening Comprehension in the Foreign Language Classroom. Foreign Language Annals, 24: 487–495. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1991.tb00495.x
Irene Seay (M.A., Georgia State University) is Lecturer of French at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The current study determined the effect of authentic, unedited radio features on student listening skills in the foreign language classroom. Twenty-three students in two classes of intermediate French participated in the research. The basic instructional approach and materials for the two classes of students were identical. The groups differed only in that classwork, in the experimental condition, was regularly supplemented with Champs-Elyseés, an unedited radio program produced in Paris. Student listening comprehension skills at the end of the fifteen-week semester were superior in the experimental condition as measured on two different aural tests of unedited native speech. Results confirmed that listening comprehension improves with increased exposure to authentic speech. The current study suggests that adjusting levels of speech (speed, content, and form) to students' developing comprehension, while perhaps helpful to the intermediate-level foreign language student, might not be essential to improvement of listening skills.