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Perspectives on Note Taking in EFL Listening

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Michael J. Crawford, Dokkyo University; Nathan Ducker, Miyazaki Municipal University; Laura MacGregor, Gakushuin University; Shuji Kojima, Temple University; Joseph Siegel, Meiji Gakuin University

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Crawford, M. J., Ducker, N., MacGregor, L., Kojima, S., & Siegel, J. (2016). Perspectives on note taking in EFL listening. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), Focus on the learner. Tokyo: JALT.

Note taking is an important academic skill. Despite that, it has received relatively little attention in EFL circles. This paper is a report on a forum on note taking. The purpose of the forum was to stimulate interest in this important area and address some of the issues that teachers are likely to face when teaching note taking in Japan. The first part of this paper provides an overview of note taking and explains why teachers should give it more attention. The second and third parts present the results of surveys designed to gather information about the current state of note taking in Japan. The second targets university students, and the third is for university teachers. The fourth part includes results of a study conducted at a high school in Japan. In the study students’ perceptions of note taking and the effectiveness of training were examined. The fifth part deals with key areas of concern that teachers should consider when undertaking note-taking instruction.


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