ITT Annual Lecture 2017 – Susan Gass
Die ITT Lecture 2017 fand am 21. Juni 17.15 Uhr – 18.45 Uhr im Neuen Senatssaal der Universität Leipzig (Ritterstr. 26) statt.
Wir haben uns sehr gefreut, Prof. Dr. Susan Gass zum Thema “Learning to listen: To caption or not?” begrüßen zu dürfen.
Listening skills are often the last skill to develop in foreign language learning. This presentation will focus on classroom use of listening-based videos with a particular emphasis on the use of captions for language teaching/learning in foreign language classrooms. I will first present results from large-scale assessments at a large university in the U.S. From these results, we can better understand the role of listening language learning. I then present results from studies in which the focus was on the relative usefulness of captions depending on language, proficiency, and order of presentation when listening materials are played twice (with and without captions). I will also look at eye-tracking data from English learners of Spanish and Chinese and Arabic learners of English. The eye-tracking data, coupled with working memory data, provide insight into the attentional focus of captions and the potentially resultant split-attention effect. I will end with some pedagogical implications.