Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 6. July 2020                        Pp. 24-37

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  Implementing TED Talks as Authentic Videos to Improve Taiwanese Students’ Listening
Comprehension in English Language Learning


Chia-Pei Wu
Department of Applied English
I-Shou University, Taiwan



This research paper explores implementing authentic video materials in EFL listening classrooms. Videos have been used as one of the English listening learning resources; however, without effective learning supports, EFL students are likely to encounter difficulties in comprehending the content on videos and then demotivate learning English. This study aimed to incorporate authentic online videos into students’ English listening activities in college-level English classrooms in a private comprehensive university in southern Taiwan. Based on the research background and rationale, there were three main questions :(1) Is there a significant difference among students with different majors on the perceptions of the effectiveness of the listening activities on watching Technology Entertainment and Design Talks videos? (2) Is there a significant difference among students with the content familiarity in their learning with TED Talks videos? (3) What are the students’ perceptions of practicing English listening with TED Talks videos? This research was conducted in a one-semester project to uncover 82 EFL learners’ self-reports of learning their online video materials. TED Talks videos and listening activities were utilized in this learning environment. A questionnaire was administered and consisted of demographic information, Likert scale questions, and interviews. The results showed that most students considered that they improved their listening comprehension after learning the TED talks video. Students recalled their background knowledge and analyzed content in the TED Talks.
Keywords: authentic material, Computer-assisted language learning, English as a foreign language, English listening comprehension, Technology, Entertainment, and Design Talks, Taiwanese students


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Cite as:  Wu, Chia-Pei (2020). Implementing TED Talks as Authentic Videos to Improve Taiwanese Students’ Listening Comprehension in English Language Learning. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (6). 24-37.



Dr. Chia-Pei Wu is an assistant professor of Applied English Department at I-Shou University.
She has taught reading, business English, and academic writing in Taiwan. Her primary research
interests include academic writing, computer-assisted language learning, and reading instruction.