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ID : 317
Original submission :
Title : Can listening classes be made more interesting with technology? A Problem based language learning approach to teaching listening
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

Of the four language skills, listening is one which many ESL learners find challenging. Yet listening comprehension is a crucial aspect of students' communication. This paper will share the findings of a study where a PBLL (problem-based language learning) approach was adopted for a listening course. PBLL is an extension of PBL which has been used in various fields of study, such as in medical or business disciplines. This approach introduces learners to “real world” problem which requires a solution, at the beginning and allows the learners to work through the problem, eventually finding a solution to it. The research was carried out with 37 undergraduates in a Malaysian university: experimental group (19), control group (18). The experimental group had to make use of their mobile devices to search for resources online, decide on which resources were relevant in order to solve the problem. They recorded their feedback on their mobile devices and sent the files to their lecturer. Results revealed that PBLL has a significant effect on the learners’ listening comprehension, where they reported a higher chance of new knowledge, active learning and involvement with the learning content, incidental learning, and mutual understanding within the PBLL groups. This study can have pedagogical implications for language teachers, material developers and curriculum designers.

Keywords : PBLL, listening comprehension, ESL
Conference theme : Fostering autonomous learning through technology
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Main presenter : Dr. Mei Lin Teoh
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Affiliation : University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
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Biography : Mei Lin TEOH is a senior lecturer attached to the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She has over 30 years of experience in TESL and has also supervised numerous masters' and PhD students. Her research areas are in language teaching and learning. PBL, and discourse analysis.
Co-presenters : Co-presenter (2) : Mr. LOGHMAN Ansarian (University of Malaya, K.L.) Co-presenter (3) : Dr. ONG Lok Tik (University of Malaya) Co-presenter (4) : Dr. Anne B. NAIR (University of Malaya)
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Date added : Friday, 8 March 2019, 11:43 AM [JST]
Date modified : Saturday, 27 July 2019, 7:21 AM [JST]
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 236-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 13: 50 - 14: 15
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : A103
Schedule room seats : 30 seats
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