Communication strategies used by different level L2 English learners in oral interaction*

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Abstract

This study aims to examine the different communication strategies (CSs) EFL learners employ when communicating orally, and determine the relationship between the learners' proficiency level and their CS use. Spoken data from three conversations held by Spanish learners of English of different levels were analysed in order to determine the type of CSs they used when interacting with a native speaker (NS) in an informal environment outside the classroom. The identification of the CSs was carried out following Dörnyei and Körmos' taxonomy (1998). Overall results show that there is an association between the learners' proficiency level and their CS usage. Results from a detailed analysis confirmed this relationship and revealed that the learners' linguistic competence is not only related to the frequency of the CSs used but mostly to the type of CS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-93
Number of pages23
JournalRevista Signos
Volume49
Issue number90
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Communication strategies
  • Interaction
  • L2 communication
  • Proficiency
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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