An Investigation of the Effect of Transcribing Listening on Iranian EFL Learners’ Listening Skill

Davoud Shafiee, Ali Rahimi


Some studies have shown that transcription of listening sections in EFL situations improves the listening skill dramatically. Some teachers at language institutes have examined this method of listening improvement and at the end of the term discerned the outstanding progress in learners’ listening skill. This paper takes two fifteen-learner advanced EFL classes into consideration to find out the extent to which learners’ listening skill can be affected by listening parts they transcribed during the term. In one the classrooms, before listening to the listening sections, learners transcribed them at home beforehand and left a blank for words they couldn’t understand. Then they took those transcriptions to the classroom for revision and filling the blanks. Findings of this study exhibited that those learners who did the job of transcribing during the term could improve their listening skill much more than those who didn’t. This method also helps learners improve their concentration during the listening, their speed of writing, and finally their spelling.


Listening, Deep listening, Language proficiency, EFL, Transcription.

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