ERIC Number: ED418597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
The Effects of Regular Exposure to and Participation in Standard Conversational English on the Writing of College-Aged ESL Students.
Sirinides, Thomas W.
This study investigates the effects of regular, one-to-one conversations with a native speakers of English on the writing skills of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) college students. The subjects, three undergraduate students (ages 18 to 23) in the ESL program of a small college, participated in standard conversational English with a native speaker, and the effects of this interaction were observed. Results did not yield conclusive evidence that such conversations caused improvement in the students' writing; however, several other patterns did emerge. The areas in which the students failed to make progress in both writing and speaking were remarkably similar to one another. While not defining the nature of the link between speaking and writing, the study suggests that such a link exists, implying an important or even essential role for native-speaker conversation in college-level ESL programs. Contains 16 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Instruction, College Students, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Language Research, Native Speakers, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Speech Skills, Standard Spoken Usage, Transfer of Training, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Kean College.