ERIC Number: ED275154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Do You Have the Key?
Buckheister, Patrick B.; Fanselow, John F.
The technique individuals use to narrow the possible responses in "solicits" (demands, requests, or questions requiring a response) in and outside the classroom often helps to avoid miscommunication and can be a useful tool for classroom teachers. A narrowing exercise was completed by 35 classes of native English and English as a second language (ESL) speakers. Transcripts of verbal exchanges among these groups indicate five characteristics of narrowing: space-shape-size, differentiation, label, attribute, and acceptability characteristics. The study shows that teachers can avoid miscommunication by remaining consciously aware of the need to make clear and understandable requests and demands of students. Factors which alter the effectiveness of solicits include content, context, setting, and source of the request. Classroom efforts to improve solicit effectiveness can only improve relationships among students and their teachers. (TR)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Comparative Analysis, Context Clues, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Error Patterns, Inferences, Questioning Techniques, Responses, Second Language Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Handscombe, Jean, Ed.; And Others. On TESOL '83. The Question of Control. Selected Papers from the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Canada, March 15-20, 1983); see FL 015 035.