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Media form and ESL students’ comprehension: A comparative study between audiobooks and printed text
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to investigate how the choice of media form, i.e. printed format, audiobook or reading and audio combined, affect the ability of ESL students to achieve comprehension, and how different ways of asking questions can affect their comprehension ability. Lastly, the study aims to investigate the relationship between comprehension and students’ proficiency levels in their L2. To answer this question, 155 students were recruited and divided into three groups and assigned one type of media form. The quantitative data was collected through an online comprehension test and analysed. The results showed a significant difference between the media forms and revealed that printed reading was superior. However, a printed and audio combination was the most time efficient way for students to achieve comprehension, which indicates that the inclusion of audio does not impede student learning. Previous research in the same field shows that the results are inconclusive, but shares one common conclusion, that students enjoy the audio format. As a result, the educational system should make every effort to media choices for students to choose their preferred media, and more research in the field needs to be done, as students enjoyment leads to increased learning.

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2020. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
audiobooks, printed text, modality, top down, bottom up, interactive process, mental imagery, verbal imagery, language competence, proficiency, listening strategies, reading strategies
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-41971OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-41971DiVA, id: diva2:1427066
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English
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Subject Teacher Education for Secondary School
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Available from: 2020-04-29 Created: 2020-04-28 Last updated: 2020-04-29Bibliographically approved

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