Academic Listening Comprehension (ALC) in English: Phase 1 (Developing and Piloting an Academic Listening Test)
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Miciano, R., Gocheco, P., Bensal, E. R., & Abatayo, J. (2009). Academic Listening Comprehension (ALC) in English: Phase 1 (Developing and Piloting an Academic Listening Test). De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines.
The primary objective of the study was to develop an academic listening test in English based on a lecture in each of the following areas: the natural sciences (lecture topic: force), the social sciences (topic: gender), mathematics (topic: sampling), and the humanities (topic: image). A secondary objective was to explore the possible effect of discourse markers on lecture comprehension. Two lecture versions for each topic – one with linguistic/discourse markers and one without – and a comprehension test for each topic were prepared. The exploratory test on discourse markers shows significant differences only in the undergraduate participants in the sampling and force tests. Several factors that might explain the results were considered.