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Multimodality Effect And English As A Foreign Language (Efl) Listening

Serkan Şendağ

[email protected], Mersin Üniversitesi

Mustafa Caner

[email protected], Akdeniz Üniversitesi

Nuray Gedik

[email protected], Akdeniz Üniversitesi

Multimodality is simply defined as interacting with others through various forms of symbol systems like speaking, writing, image, gaze, and gesture. Multimodality has a crucial role in foreign language development since it causes multi-semiotic interaction. On the other hand, listening has been recognized as relatively ignored skill of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) studies. Several interventions have been made to facilitate the comprehension of listening in target language. However, repetitive listening of an authentic spoken text which usually causes boredom has always been recommended by authors to promote listening comprehension. As part of a two-year project funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK, Grant No:113K727), this study examined the effect of a reading material along with the listening text on a tablet PC. 29 preservice EFL teachers joined the study. An android application was provided with participants for delivering different lengths of listening texts with different numbers of repetitions and a reading material called “listening aid”. Repeated measure experimental design was used to examine the interactions between podcast length, repetition, and listening aid. Data showed that listening-aid, repetitive listening and length of EFL listening podcast had significant interactive impacts on participants’ listening comprehension. Results highlight the positive significant effect of multimodality on EFL listening comprehension


EFL Preservice Teachers, Listening, Multimodality, EFL podcast