PROSPECTIVE EFL TEACHERS PERCEPTIONS OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION PROBLEMS IN TURKEY

Abstract

Author(s): Ekrem SOLAK, F?rat ALTAY

Listening skill has been called as the ‘Cinderella Skill’ which is overlooked by its elder sister speaking in language learning. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to reemphasize the importance of listening skill in ELT context and to determine prospective English teachers’ perceptions of listening comprehension problems. The study was conducted at ELT Department at a state-run University in Turkey and subjects were 124 prospective English teachers. The questionnaire on the ‘Beliefs on English Language Listening Comprehension Problems’ was used to collect data to assess prospective teachers’ beliefs about the English language listening comprehension problems they could encounter in unidirectional listening. The data was analyzed in SPSS program. The study revealed that participants used top-down processes effectively during the listening process, but they were not so good at using bottom-up processes. In addition, no significant difference was found in terms of genders’ perceptions of listening problems.

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