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English for Specific Purposes World (ESP World)

English for Specific Purposes World

ISSN 1682-3257

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Anissa Khaldi. Listening to Academic Lectures: Investigating Students' Strategies and Comprehension


Listening is a very important vehicle for language learning. At university, this skill is attached more importance as it is also used to accumulate content information from lectures. The present case study focuses on academic lecture comprehension. It attempts to investigate whether EFL first-year students at Tlemcen University (Algeria) have the necessary strategies which help them comprehend their lectures. For this purpose, a questionnaire is administered to uncover the strategies of the participants, in addition to a test to measure their comprehension of lectures. The results show that the subjects do not employ the necessary strategies, and their performance on the test is poor. Therefore, it is suggested, at the end of the article, that university students should be instructed into lecture comprehension strategies so as to assist them to effectively understand their academic lectures.

Key words:  Academic, Listening, Lectures, Strategies, EFL, Learners




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