Manuscript received August 2, 2023; revised August 25, 2023; accepted October 13, 2023; published February 2, 2024
Abstract—This study delves into the impact of using Podcasts on college students with low English proficiency. The objectives of the study encompass understanding students’ attitudes toward Podcasts concerning listening comprehension, evaluating the influence of Podcasts on motivation for listening skills, and comparing pre-test and post-test results. Employing a mixed-method design, quantitative data were gathered through pre-and post-tests as well as a questionnaire, while qualitative data were derived from semi-structured interviews. The findings revealed that a majority of students exhibited improvement in their post-test results, underscoring the effectiveness of Podcasts. The responses from the questionnaire indicated that the students derived high levels of enjoyment and experienced improved skills as a result of Podcast usage. Notably, motivation and vocabulary acquisition also displayed significant gains. The semi-structured interviews further corroborate the positive impact of Podcasts on language acquisition. Podcasts actively engage students through their versatility and stimulating content, fostering positive attitudes, motivation, and enjoyment. Ultimately, this study highlights Podcasts as a valuable tool for enhancing language education, offering autonomy, exposure to authentic materials, and heightened engagement. This study recommends further exploration of Podcasts’ efficacy for college students of English by conducting larger-scale studies encompassing diverse proficiency levels and extended timelines. Incorporating student perspectives and insights into future research endeavors will enrich understanding and application. This study contributes to the enhancement of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students’ listening skills through the integration of Podcast, providing a foundation for future investigations.
Keywords—college students with low English proficiency, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), listening comprehension, language learning benefits, Podcasts
Cite: Delgadillo Yazmin and Illera Clara, "Exploring the Effects of Using Podcasts on EFL College Students with Low English Proficiency Listening Comprehension," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 175-182, 2024.