Students’ Perceptions of Video-based Tasks in the “American English File” Series: A Survey at People’s Security University




students’ perceptions, video-based tasks, the American English File series


This study was a survey design to explore non-English major students' perceptions of video-based tasks in listening classes. The data were collected quantitatively and qualitatively through two main research tools, namely Likert-scale questionnaires and semi-structured focus group interviews. First, quantitative data was collected through the questionnaires delivered to 86 non-English major students using Google forms to investigate how they perceive video-based tasks in the AEF series in terms of three components, namely Goals, Input and Procedures. Then, qualitative data, which were gathered from two focus groups of student volunteers, were used to confirm and supplement the findings from the first tool. It was then discovered that the student participants’ responses to the video-based tasks in American English File (AEF) series were generally positive. Moreover, students can improve their listening ability, have more motivation in listening lessons as well as better acquire real-life input from the videos.

Author Biography

Tran Hoa Mi, People’s Security University, Vietnam

Tran Hoa Mi is an M.A. student at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. She has also been working as a teacher at the Faculty of Foreign Languages & Informatics at People's Security University. She has taught English courses for non-majored English students for ten years. Her interests are English teaching methodologies and applied language.


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How to Cite

Tran, H. M. (2022). Students’ Perceptions of Video-based Tasks in the “American English File” Series: A Survey at People’s Security University. AsiaCALL Online Journal, 13(5), 15–28.



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