2000 Volume 3 Issue 2 Pages 269-285
This investigation has been carried out for three years since 1997 with the following two purposes. One was to determine the listening ability of students who took English Communication-Basic (hereinafter referred to as ECB) by having them evaluate listening materials. The other was to confirm which level of listening materials was most suitable for use in ECB classes and their self-study hours at home. I gathered information from about 100 students by the questionnaire method late in April or early in May each year. The result of the investigation revealed that 88 to 93% of the students (93% in '97,88% in '98,91% in '99) perceived the level of the radio program 'Eikaiwa Nyumon' broadcasted by NHK in April, 1997 favorably for self-study use, and 70 to 80% of them (80% in '97,70% in '98,75% in '99) had the impression that the level of the TV program 'Eikaiwa' broadcasted by NHK in the same month was most suitable for use in ECB classes. Furthermore, it was also confirmed that around 70% of the students (69% in '97,68% in '98,75% in '99) had the idea that the level of the radio program 'Eikaiwa' broadcasted by NHK in the same month was suitable for use in ECB classes.