Up to now, there has been a variety of factors influencing on Thai EFL students who are learning English for their survival in the competitive societies, especially when Thailand becoming one of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) members. One of the most influential factors is that Thai students still lack English communicative competence which is considered a key tool for communication. Listening, the most frequently used skill, plays a vital role in daily communication and seems to be the most problematic skill which needs urgent improvement. It is therefore, significant to prepare Thai EFL students for successful listening comprehension. In order to help them improve their listening comprehension skill more effectively in the real world, authentic listening materials are implemented in the English teaching class. This study aims at investigating the effectiveness of authentic material application to enhance EFL students' listening comprehension. The study was conducted with forty students who were studying in the Bilingual Program at a private school in Thailand. The instruments were pre-and post-tests which a dependent sample t-test was applied to test equality of means between the two-test scores. The finding indicates that the use of authentic listening materials has a positive effect and enhanced Thai EFL students' performances. Authentic materials enable them to interact with the real content and language used in the real world more efficiently. The finding of the study also implies that EFL teachers can promote their EFL students' listening ability by providing materials and activities that meet the needs of students' goals.
Surachai Rodngam, Thammasat University, Thailand
Monnipha Somphong, Thammasat University, Thailand
Stream: Learning Strategies
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