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This paper describes the pedagogic principles and design of Web-based listening exercises for tertiary-level Chinese EFL learners. Following the claim that videos and multimedia resources assist listening comprehension (e.g., Brett, 2000), as well as the framework for grading listening input suggested by Brown and Yule (1983), the exercises are based on local television and radio programmes, and are graded from static to dynamic to abstract. The exercises carefully guide and prepare the learners from the pre-listening stage to the post-listening stage. A variety of exercises, such as listening for information, opinion and inference, and partial dictation, were developed. The learners are free to listen to or watch the materials as many times as they need, and they can view the tape script whenever necessary. Last, the paper highlights some technical problems when selecting, preparing and loading authentic tapes and videos onto the Internet for listening practice.



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