Using Subtitled Animated Cartoons and Textbook-based CDs to Test Elementary Students’ English Listening and Reading Comprehension in a Cram School

Shu-Chin Su, Eleen Liang


The present study is intended to investigate the students’ preference for using subtitled animated cartoons and listening to CDs from the textbook to increase students’ English learning on elementary cram school students. The purpose of this study is to compare and analyze students’ preference on subtitled animated cartoons and listening to CDs in their listening and reading abilities. This study involved 60 participants from a cram school in Kaohsiung County, and divided into two groups, 34 for the experimental group and 26 for the control group. The researchers used authentic DVDs of animated cartoons as part of teaching materials for the experimental group of students. The results showed that using the subtitled animated cartoons for the scores of reading PART 1 (matching a description with a picture) was higher than using the text-based materials-CDs; gender plays no significant factor in determining pre-listening, pre-reading, post-listening, post-reading scores between two groups.



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