A common problem for Thai elementary Japanese learners is a failure in listening comprehension despite learning quite a lot of vocabulary and grammar. Thus, the author conducted a study by using the top-down shadowing approach for approximately three months to develop the listening skills of a group of Thai elementary Japanese learners. This study found that this approach could improve their listening skills, which enhanced their listening comprehension. A significant change involved the scores they achieved on the post-tests, including the SPOT Test and the JLPT Test, Level 3. Based on an inquiry with the learners, they believed that shadowing was beneficial for the improvement of their listening skills and they would practice it on their own in the future.
Chinnawat Ninmote, Silpakorn University, Thailand