Assessing the Listening Ability Levels of Internet Radio Programs

Ulusoy M.

NEW EDUCATIONAL REVIEW, cilt.20, sa.1, ss.306-324, 2010 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 20 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.306-324


The main purpose of this study is to determine the listening ability levels of Internet Radio programs. One hundred and fifty-eight students from Ankara were selected to participate in the research. They were in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Data was gathered using Auditory Cloze Tests (ACTs) and focus group interviews. Error analyses were used to determine the possible strategies students employed while they were filling in the ACT blanks. The analyses of the ACTs revealed that the students of the sixth grade listened to the radio programs at the instructional level. The students of the seventh and eighth grades, on the other hand, listened to the programs at their frustration level. Large percentages of nonsense replacements and small percentages of synonym and semantic replacements indicated that the students could not grasp the meaning and could not find the necessary contextual clues to replace the deleted words. The interview results revealed that the students found the characters' speech too fast, and the programs content overloaded with supporting details, names, and dates.