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ERIC Number: ED398744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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American Students' Questioning Behavior and Its Implications for ESL.
Rees-Miller, Janie
A study was conducted at an American university to collect data on how native English-speaking students asked questions in class. The data were analyzed for use of syntactic forms, formulaic expressions or prefatory comments, terms of address, functions fulfilled by the questions, and politeness markers. The results were then compared with the content of material published for use in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction. The instructional materials revealed a lack of material addressing the specific function of asking questions of a professor in class. What little material did exist tended to stress one particular form or function that may not be representative of native speaker usage and behavior, and may not address the range of needs of foreign students at an American university. Some specific rules governing teacher-student communication are outlined for incorporation into ESL instruction. Contains 46 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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