Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

First Advisor

Darah Regal


The objective of this study is to examine indications of a significant difference in listening ability between native English speakers and English as a Second Language (ESL) students in quiet and background noise specifically on the AZBIO Sentence test. Three Language groups were analyzed: Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. AZBIO lists were used to assess ESL students' ability to repeat sentences. An analysis of errors was completed to determine variance and similarities between the four language groups. Native English speakers had no difficulty repeating sentences in either condition, ESL students' data suggested more difficulty in both quiet and background noise and a variance in age of acquisition of English.

Subject Area

English as Second Language; English language--Textbooks for foreign speakers; Speech disorders; AZBIO

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