Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 15. Number 1, March 2024                                 Pp.314-326
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.20

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The Effects of Intensive English Podcast Listening on High School Students’
Comprehension  Skills and Impact on Learning Motivations

Ebubekir Bozavlı
Department of Foreign Language
Faculty of Education
Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey
Email: ebozavli@atauni.edu.tr

 

Received: 11/14/2023         Accepted:03/09/2024                 Published:03/20/2024

 Abstract:
Listening is one of the most essential basic skills in foreign language learning. In recent years, technological advances have provided students with a wide range of digital applications, including podcasts, to improve their listening skills. This study aims to determine the impact of intensive listening to English podcasts on high school students’ comprehension skills and motivation to learn. The research centers on the following questions: “Does intensive podcast listening in a foreign language improve high school English learners’ language comprehension competence? Does intensive podcast listening in a foreign language provide retention in high school English learners’ listening skills? Does intensive podcast listening in a foreign language increase high school English learners’ motivation for language learning?” The study sample consists of 27 male and 27 female students studying in the 10th grade of Atatürk Anatolian High School affiliated with Erzurum National Education Directorate in the second semester of the 2022 academic year. The podcast listening practices with the participants were conducted in two 40-minute class hours each week for 12 weeks. Podcasts with an average duration of three to six minutes in the BBC Learning English application were used in the study. Qualitative and quantitative research methods were used in the study. Quantitative methods were used to analyze the data, and qualitative methods were used to interpret them. The survey results show that podcasts improve English high school students’ listening skills and increase their motivation to learn. Podcasts make high school students willing to listen and understand English.
Keywords: Comprehension skills, foreign language, learning, listening skills, podcast, teaching foreign
language, technology

Cite as:   Bozavlı, E. (2024). The Effects of Intensive English Podcast Listening on High School Students’ Comprehension Skills and Impact on Learning Motivations. Arab World English Journal, 15(1): 314-326. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.20

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Received: 11/14/2023
Accepted: 03/09/2024 
Published: 03/20/2024 
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4475-5777
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.20 

Ebubekir Bozavlı is an Associate Professor Doctor in the Department of Foreign Languages Department at Kazım Karabekir Faculty of Education Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey. The author has several national and international publications. His research interests include foreign language learning and teaching, early foreign language learning, linguistics, psycholinguistics.
ORCİD ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4475-5777