Journal of Language Teaching and Research, Vol 2, No 3 (2011), 705-708, May 2011

Active and Passive Students’ Listening Strategies

Ramin Taherkhani


To determine the relationship between active and passive student’s listening strategies, 70 students (all beginners) were selected. All subjects who were the researcher’s students participated in four data gathering sections. They took Raven IQ test, attention test, Irenck Lie test, and strategy questionnaire. The results of the IQ and attention tests divided the subjects in to active and passive groups. 20 subjects were eliminated from the study due to their responses to the Irenck Lie test. 50 subjects remained for the rest of the study. Student’s responses to the strategy questionnaire revealed a strong relationship between both group s in this order of importance: (a) person knowledge. (b) strategy knowledge, (c) task knowledge (d) strategy knowledge, (e) task knowledge. The strategies that were not selected by both groups were metacognitve and strategy knowledge. In this study active group outperformed passive ones both in the range and type of listening strategies.


active student; passive student; listening; strategies


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