ERIC Number: ED161023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Aspects of Communicative Competence: The Effect of Situation upon the Oral Language of Adults with Different Reading and Writing Proficiencies.
Sacks, Renee K.
An exploration of the linguistic patterns and conversational strategies of adult learners was conducted to clarify the relationship between individuals' oral communicative ability and their levels of proficiency in the nonoral literate modes of reading and writing. The connection between social class and language development was also examined. Sixteen male Caucasian college students were selected to participate in the study on the basis of their linguistic features and skills. Their socioeconomic status was determined after their selection. Following an assessment of the students' reading and writing skills, they were segmented into two groups on the basis of proficiency in these secondary language skills. They next participated in two communication situations which were constructed on the theory that shared referents between the speaker and listener affect the speaker's linguistic behavior. The findings supported the notion that the oral communicative competence of speakers is reflective of their proficiency in reading and writing. Socioeconomic status did not appear to be a significant cause for the linguistic and communicative differences evidenced by the two groups. (FL)
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