Animated Songs in English to Develop Effective Listening Skills Among Adult ESL / EFL Learners


Listening as a language skill is often neglected on the ground that we could hear everything. But Listening is not simply hearing, it is an active process of receiving aural as well as visual stimuli attentively through ears and eyes, followed by comprehension and retention of the message or intention of the speaker and finally accomplishing the process with an appropriate response. To develop listening, we need proper and graded training and motivation to listen and learn the skill. Development of listening skills results in increasing acquisition of target language, but it becomes truly difficult to motivate adult learners and develop in them effective listening skills, as most of undergraduate or post-graduate learners in India are from vernacular medium of education and often learn English as Foreign Language. However, our recent study with both animated and non-animated songs in English with sixty-two participants across nine Colleges and one University in West Bengal, India, proved that animated songs in English are more effective in developing active listening skills among advanced learners who hardly had any prior training on listening at their primary and higher-secondary level of education. In this paper we have made a detailed discussion on the importance of listening skills and have shown how animated songs in English may be an effective teaching material to motivate and develop listening skills among advanced ESL and EFL learner in general.

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Manas Moulic, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara, Kolkata, India
Somak Mondal, West Bengal State University, India

Paper Information
Conference: SEACE2023
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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