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It is well accepted that listening is an integral skill for academic and professional achievement. However, in contexts where English is taught as a foreign language (EFL), many students have limited exposure to the real-life use of English and find listening skills difficult to master. In attempts to seek ways to help EFL learners with their listening skill development, researchers, teachers and scholars have investigated into the causes of EFL learners’ listening problems and suggested ways to address them. This article presents the causes of listening problems faced by EFL students, experts’ opinions regarding teaching listening principles, and implications for listening instruction in EFL contexts.
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