Effects of communication strategy training on EFL students’ performance in small-group discussions

dc.contributor.authorBenson, Stuart
dc.contributor.authorFischer, Danielle
dc.contributor.authorGeluso, Joe
dc.contributor.authorVon Joo, Lucius
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, a number of studies have been conducted with regard to communication strategy training and performance on communicative tasks (Lam, 2009; Nakatani, 2010; Naughton, 2006). This study aims to add to the literature by examining how two strategies, clarifying/confirming and ex- tending a conversation, and two methods of teaching the strategies, affect- ed the interactional sequences and overall group discussion performance of EFL students at a university in Japan. Pre and posttreatment small-group discussions were recorded for assessment, and a stimulated recall interview was administered to determine the participants’ perceptions of their learn- ing and language use. Posttest results reveal that the experimental groups that were taught predetermined phrases aimed at clarifying/confirming and extending a conversation employed such phrases more frequently than the control group. However, this employment of phrases did not lead to higher gains in group discussion skills as the control group enjoyed the largest gains from pre to posttest. The researchers consider the findings in light of previ- ous research, and conclude with recommendations for future research on the topic with special regard to research design.pl_PL
dc.identifier.citationStudies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2013, vol. 3, no. 2, pp.245-259pl_PL
dc.identifier.issn2083 5205
dc.publisherZakład Filologii Angielskiej Wydział Pedagogiczno-Artystyczny Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Kaliszupl_PL
dc.subjectEnglish as a foreign languagepl_PL
dc.subjectsmall-group discussionspl_PL
dc.subjectcommunication strategiespl_PL
dc.subjectexplicit instructionpl_PL
dc.subjectco-constructed learningpl_PL
dc.titleEffects of communication strategy training on EFL students’ performance in small-group discussionspl_PL


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