Improving Listening Skills through Digital Storytelling at Elementary Level

Muhammad Safdar Bhatti, Rafia Mukhtar

Abstract


Listening is the first language skill that children develop and it is the most dominant communication skill in the classroom and everyday life as well. One way by which the listening skills can be developed is through digital storytelling. Studies have shown that listening skills is not given adequate attention in elementary schools especially through the use of storytelling. Furthermore, storytelling is even claimed to be more effective in language teaching than traditional teaching materials such as textbooks. Indeed, studies generally believe that effectiveness of storytelling relies on the fact that it is fun, engaging and highly memorable, raising learners’ interest in listening to stories, as well as in speaking, writing and reading about them (e.g. Atta-Alla, 2012; Kim, 2010; Wajnryb,2003). This study investigated the impact of digital storytelling on the listening skills of elementary level students. The study was designed to maximize listening comprehension skills through practicing storytelling activities. The study adopted pretest-posttest control group quasi experimental design. Four elementary schools were purposively selected and randomly assigned to experimental and controlled groups. The high mean scores recorded by the experimental group are due to the influence of the suggested digital storytelling technique which proved to be a fertile teaching and learning environment. Data collected was analyzed. Based on the findings, the researchers recommended that English language teachers should adopt digital storytelling technique for teaching English in general and listening skills in particular at elementary level.


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