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Hamid Reza Dowlatabadi

Hamid Reza Dowlatabadi

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7763-6678
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 57188754727
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University
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Research

Title
بررسی تاثیر حمایت معلم بر روی توسعه مهارت شنیداری درزبان آموزان ایرانی
Type
Thesis
Keywords
Sociocultural theory, Teacher Scaffolding, Zone of Proximal Development, Mediation, Listening Comprehension
Year
2016
Researchers Hamid Reza Dowlatabadi(Advisor)

Abstract

The sociocultural theory (SCT) has been widely investigated in the field of second/foreign language acquisition. One of the constructs of SCT which is termed scaffolding has been worked on in various studies. The present study aims to investigate the effectiveness of the implementation of teacher scaffolding on the development of EFL learners’ listening comprehension ability through listening comprehension tasks. 64 Intermediate EFL learners were firstly homogenized by the TOEFL test and then randomly assigned to the control and experimental groups. Learners in both groups participated in a listening comprehension test which acted as the pretest of the study. A set of eight listening tasks were chosen to be taught in both groups during the eight sessions of the treatment. The experimental group did the tasks with the teacher trying to scaffold them at each stage of the task. Learners in the control group worked individually with little social interaction. After the treatment, learners participated in the post-test. A set of independent sample t-tests was run to compare the performances of both groups. The results revealed that learners in the scaffolding group outperformed those in the non-scaffolding group. It was hence, concluded that teacher scaffolding had a significant effect on the development of EFL learners’ listening comprehension. Possible reasons, supporting factors and implications of the study are discussed in more details.