Analyzing the Effect of Technology-Based Interventions on Improving Listening Skills of EFL College Students


With the rapid development of technology, English language learning has expanded beyond traditional methods to include multimedia resources available on the internet. Among these resources, podcasts and YouTube have gained popularity for their potential advantages in English language learning. Podcasts provide learners with an opportunity to engage their auditory senses and expose themselves to authentic language content. On the other hand, YouTube not only offers digital entertainment but also serves as a platform for accessing real-life examples of English language usage. This study aims to explore learners' perspectives on the differences between using YouTube and podcasts to enhance their English listening competence. Participants in this study consist of Taiwanese college students enrolled in an English Listening course. The study incorporates both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. A pretest is administered at the beginning of the study to assess participants' initial listening skills, followed by a posttest at the end to measure improvements. Additionally, qualitative interviews are conducted to capture participants' responses and insights regarding their experiences using YouTube and podcasts for English listening practice. Preliminary findings indicate that participants perceive both advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of podcasts and YouTube for English language learning. By investigating the relationship between technology-based interventions and English listening comprehension improvement, this study aims to shed light on the effectiveness of such approaches.

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Nai-Ying Chang, Hsiu-Ping University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Hao-Yuan Cheng, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Design

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