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Examining listening skills of diplomatic French as foreign language learners: an angle for languages for specific purposes

dc.contributor.authorZecher, Eryth, author
dc.contributor.authorGrim, Frédérique, advisor
dc.contributor.authorNekrasova-Beker, Tatiana, advisor
dc.contributor.authorBecker, Anthony, committee member
dc.contributor.authorBrazile, William, committee member
dc.contributor.authorVogl, Mary, committee member
dc.description.abstractListening comprehension and vocabulary knowledge are closely intertwined. Vocabulary knowledge (size) has been found to be a strong predictor of successful listening comprehension even when listening is done under adverse conditions. Previous research has focused on advanced proficiency, or native level listeners. This study aims to fill a research gap by studying the improvements to listening comprehension in speech-shaped noise of ten intermediate level French as foreign language learners enrolled at French courses at an American university. This study focuses on whether a 4-hour instruction on diplomatic French vocabulary terms, using a background speech-shaped noise presented at a +5dB signal-to-noise ratio would increase the comprehensibility of unfamiliar accented speech, from nine different speakers in intermediate level learners of French as a foreign language. The results show that intermediate level listeners improved their listening comprehension skills, and that vocabulary training was the most important factor. Findings also show that intermediate-level listeners can adapt to unfamiliar accented speech, and that the listeners can be taught advanced-level vocabulary when it is presented as language for specific purposes and under adverse listening conditions.
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dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
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dc.subjectlistening comprehension
dc.subjectlanguages for specific purposes
dc.subjectadverse listening conditions
dc.titleExamining listening skills of diplomatic French as foreign language learners: an angle for languages for specific purposes
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