Volume 42, Issue 1 p. 181-192

The effect of films with and without subtitles on listening comprehension of EFL learners

Abdolmajid Hayati

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Abdolmajid Hayati

Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz

Dr. Abdolmajid Hayati, Department of English, College of Literature and Humanities, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran. Email: [email protected]Search for more papers by this author
Firooz Mohmedi

Firooz Mohmedi

Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz

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First published: 19 January 2011
Citations: 83

Abdolmajid Hayati is associate professor of Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz. Firooz Mohmedi is MA student of Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz.

Abstract

The present study represented a preliminary effort to empirically examine the efficacy of subtitled movie on listening comprehension of intermediate English as a Foreign Language students. To achieve this purpose, out of a total of 200 intermediate students, 90 were picked based on a proficiency test. The material consisted of six episodes (approximately 5 minutes each) of a DVD entitled ‘Wild Weather’. The students viewed only one of the three treatment conditions: English subtitles, Persian subtitles, no subtitles. After each viewing session, six sets of multiple-choice tests were administered to examine listening comprehension rates. The results revealed that the English subtitles group performed at a considerably higher level than the Persian subtitles group, which in turn performed at a substantially higher level than the no subtitle group on the listening test.