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Motivating teens to speak English through group work in Storyline
Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Arbete i skolan (AiS). Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Humaniora.
2019 (English)In: ELT Journal, ISSN 0951-0893, E-ISSN 1477-4526Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Overcoming the reluctance of teenage learners to speak in the language classroom is a challenge for many teachers. This article reports on a study in which 60 Swedish pupils, aged 15–16, took part in a Storyline project based on a young adult fantasy novel. In the Storyline approach, a fictive world is created when learners, taking on the roles of characters in a story, collaborate on tasks to develop the story. A key feature is that the learners work in the same small groups for much of the time. During the six-week period of this study, these learners used English in a variety of speaking and writing tasks. The project showed a number of benefits, the most important of which were an increase in their motivation to speak English and enhanced self-confidence through doing so.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-19789DOI: 10.1093/elt/ccz023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-19789DiVA, id: diva2:1343400
Available from: 2019-08-16 Created: 2019-08-16 Last updated: 2019-08-16Bibliographically approved

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