Enhancing the Listening Proficiency of Technology University Non-English Major EFL Learners via the Interactive Response System

By Gloria Shu-Mei Chwo.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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This study concerns a multi-modality technology (MMT) intervention in a non-English major EFL Listening and Speaking class (LS). Learners’ progress was measured as they used the Interactive Response System (IRS) test practice instrument in class, and Pronunciation Power (PP), Active Reading (AR), and Sounds Good (SG) eLearning programs in the self-access center. A mixed method approach was adopted for data collection and paradata, such as students’ PP learning log, and SG unit reports were triangulated into the discussion for their pedagogical significance. A total of 207 students from three majors participated in the first study, and 138 students in the second study. Positive attitudes were detected from the satisfaction survey, and improvements were recorded in exam grades. A significant difference was identified among our three target groups: IRS and eLearning practice were observed to be potential contributors to the distinction. The interpretation and pedagogical significance are discussed.

Keywords: IRS Test Practice, Multi-modality Technology, Listening Proficiency, Non-English Major EFL Learners

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.65-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 640.583KB).

Associate Prof. Gloria Shu-Mei Chwo

Associate Professor, Applied English Department, Hungkuang University, Taiwan, Taichung, Taiwan

Dr. Gloria Shu-Mei Chwo graduated from Tunghai University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990. In 1992, she completed a Master Degree in Instruction and Curriculum from Seattle Pacific University, U.S.A.. She worked at different levels in the education system of Taiwan and the first English teacher to pioneer an advanced English club as an extra curriculum course in Tunghai Elementary school. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Languages and Linguistics at University of Essex in U.K. in 2005. She is now an associate professor at the Dept. of Applied English Language, Hungkuang University in Taiwan. Not only has she developed several eLearning programs for university level reading and ESP courses, but has also served as a member of the National Entrance Examination Committee Board in designing reading and writing assessments since 2009. Her research interests include word reading processing, literature circle, EFL teaching methods, test design and educational technology.