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Volume 7 Number 3, Autumn 2010, Pages 1-187   

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The Effect of Genre Consciousness-raising Tasks on Iranian EFL Learners' Listening Comprehension Performance

    Mahmood Reza Atai and Mohammad Bagher Khatibi

This study investigated the effect of genre consciousness-raising activities on listening comprehension performance of Iranian EFL learners across language proficiency levels. To this end, some genre consciousness-raising tasks were adapted from Flowerdew (1993) and used as the treatment procedures. Two different listening comprehension tests of news broadcast genre, used as pre- and post-test, were administered to 120 senior university students majoring in English language translation. The results indicated that consciousness-raising tasks significantly affected EFL learners' listening comprehension performance. However, the effect of genre consciousness-raising tasks did not vary across different language proficiency levels. Overall, the findings provide empirical support for the facilitative effect of genre consciousness-raising tasks on listening comprehension performance of EFL learners. The findings may promise implications for EFL listening comprehension syllabuses and provide guidelines to designers to accommodate the insights derived from the genre-based instruction perspective.

Keywords: Genre, Consciousness-raising Tasks, Listening Comprehension, EFL Learners, Language Proficiency