Communication Strategies in Speaking English as a Foreign Language: in the Swedish 9th grade national test setting
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Speaking a foreign language is a major part of communicating in that language. Since LGY 69, spoken English has received the same attention in teaching as the writing of English; and in the national tests today spoken English is considered 1/5 of the test grade. However, students in many cases find it more difficult to speak English than to write it and some teachers still focus more on writing and grammar than on speaking.
In this essay, I am trying to show how a group of fairly fluent students tackle the oral part of their national test and what strategies they use to overcome linguistic difficulties. In order to do so I have filmed five groups and a total number of 17 students when they do the oral part of their national tests in English in grade nine and also have the students fill out a questionnaire about the experience. The tests took place in March and April 2010.
This essay shows that the most frequently used strategy is pauses, unfilled and filled, but that for other strategies the individual differences are great. It also shows that group dynamics play an important role when doing the test and students who are not able to do the test with people they normally talk to do worse in the test setting and that the performance of both boys and girls suffer when being put in mixed groups.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 31 p.
second language acqusition, communication strategies, oral production, ESL instruction
Languages and Literature
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10829Archive number: HEU:C11:26OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10829DiVA: diva2:453878
Subject / course
Nilsson, Tore, Dr.
Shima, Alan, Dr.