In the first part, Adam will talk about the impact of anxiety on foreign language learning. He personally became interested in this area of research from his experiences learning and using Japanese. Although the majority of anxiety-related research focuses on speaking, his research is on foreign language listening anxiety. He conducted a medium-sized study with 176 undergraduate students who were enrolled in compulsory EFL classes for non-English majors at four universities. In this talk, he will explain the design of the study in both practical and theoretical terms, and also describe the relationship between listening anxiety and performance on the one-way listening tasks based on the listening section of the TOEIC test.
In the second part, he will talk about listening instruction in the classroom, especially about some of the issues that need to be considered when selecting listening materials (authentic vs. textbook). Also, he will refer to an ongoing study of students’ perceptions of listening materials in terms of perceived difficulty. Finally, he will demonstrate some supplementary listening activities that can be easily adapted for any class.
Adam Murray is an experienced educator who is currently teaching at Miyazaki International College. For almost a decade, he has been teaching English as a Foreign Language to Japanese university students. His research interests are listening instruction, materials development, and assessment. He is currently the coordinator of the JALT Materials Writers Special Interest Group.