European Journal of Social Sciences – Volume 16, Number 3 (2010)

The Relationship between Listening Strategies Employed by
Iranian EFL Freshman University Students and theirLearning Style Preferences

 

Farinaz Shirani Bidabadi
Faculty of Education, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Malaysia
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Hamidah Yamat
Faculty of Education, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Malaysia
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Abstract:The paper presents a study on the relationship between Iranian EFL freshmen’s learningstyle preferences and the listening strategies they employ. These 92 freshmen were studying Teaching English as a Foreign Language at a University in south of Esfahan
They were randomly selected from five classes. The adapted version of Listening Strategy and Learning Style Questionnaires were administered to identify the students’ listeningstrategies and their learning style preferences. The descriptive analysis of the listening
strategy questionnaire and learning style preferences indicated that these Iranian EFLfreshmen employed meta-cognitive listening strategies such asplanning, directed attentionand selective attention the most and in terms of learning style preferences they consideredthemselves as communicative learners. The Pearson Correlation analysis showed that therewas a statistically significant association between learning style preferences and listening
strategies employed by Iranian EFL freshman university students at p<0.01 level.

Keywords: Listening Strategies, Learning Style Preferences, EFL, Freshman Students

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