The Impact of Listening and Reading Skills Transfer on Speaking Accuracy, Fluency and Complexity of Iranian EFL Learners

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Hadi Sobhanifar
Fatemeh Ranjbaran


Introduction: Over the past decades, enhancing learners’ speaking ability has been a major challenge for teachers and educators of English as a foreign language (EFL). Therefore, the current study aimed to see if reading and listening can boost students’ speaking ability in the process of skills transfer.

Methodology: To explore the impact of reading and listening skills transfer on enhancing speaking accuracy, fluency, and complexity, two groups of EFL learners underwent a four-month intervention in which the effects of reading and listening skills on speaking ability were evaluated. One group was exposed to text, and the other group received audio input. Both groups gave summaries after working on different textual and audio tasks. After four months of treatment, both classes took a posttest.

Results: The results showed that reading and listening, as a medium of input, boosted the speaking ability of learners. However, the class receiving listening input enjoyed a higher mean value in accuracy, fluency, and complexity and outperformed the class exposed to reading input.

Conclusion: This study highlights the role of skills transfer theory while providing evidence for educators and practitioners to incorporate integrated skills practice when designing EFL courses. 

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Sobhanifar, H., & Ranjbaran, F. (2023). The Impact of Listening and Reading Skills Transfer on Speaking Accuracy, Fluency and Complexity of Iranian EFL Learners. Journal of Contemporary Language Research, 2(2), 109–117.
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Hadi Sobhanifar, English Language Department, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Sultanate of Oman

English Lecturer

Hadi Sobhanifar received his MA in TEFL from Chabahar Maritime University in 2012. He is currently teaching English Language courses at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Oman. He has taught English Language courses at Chabahr Maritime University and Sepahan University, Iran Language center, and Isfahan Center for Culture and Education for the last 10 years. His research interests are mostly focused on second language teaching and CALL.


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