Second language listening strategy research: methodological challenges and perspectives
Santos, D., Graham, S. and Vanderplank, R. (2008) Second language listening strategy research: methodological challenges and perspectives. Evaluation and Research in Education, 21 (2). pp. 111-133. ISSN 0950-0790
To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/09500790802152183
This paper explores methodological issues related to research into second language listening strategies. We argue that a number of central questions regarding research methodology in this line of enquiry are underexamined, and we engage in the discussion of three key methodological questions: (1) To what extent is a verbal report a valid and reliable way of eliciting information about strategies? (2) Should we control for learners' level of linguistic knowledge when examining their listening strategy use? and (3) What are the problems surrounding the analysis of data gained through verbal reports? We discuss each of these three methodological issues within the framework of a research project investigating listening strategies deployed by learners of French in secondary schools in England. Implications from these findings for future research are discussed.