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ERIC Number: ED433715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Out of Class Learning Experiences and Students' Perceptions of Their Impact on English Conversation Skills.
Suh, Jae-Suk; Wasanasomsithi, Punchalee; Short, Stephen; Majid, Norazman Abdul
A study investigated the out-of-class learning experiences of non-native speakers of English, and the impact of the experiences on the individuals' second-language conversation skills. Subjects were eight international students enrolled in an intensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program at Indiana University, Bloomington. Data were gathered through structured interviews. Results indicate that most of the subjects relied heavily on independent leisure activities to improve their English conversational skills, and thought some of the activities had a positive effect on their conversation skills, particularly listening comprehension. It is suggested that since all types of leisure activities do not work for all learners, ESL teachers should assist students in identifying appropriate activities. In addition, use of English during these leisure activities should occur with enough guidance to prevent fossilization of bad language habits. The transcript of one interview is appended. Contains 13 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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