ERIC Number: ED460634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Advanced Foreign Language Learners in Action: A Look at Two Speaking Tasks.
This paper focuses on the speaking proficiency of advanced foreign language learners. It looks at performance on two different tasks: oral presentations and group discussions. Success in giving an oral presentation in front of an audience is assessed with the help of evaluations, which are then measured against various linguistic phenomena occurring in the presentations. The students' participation in the group discussions following the oral presentations is analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. Finally, an attempt is made to see how well success in one task predicts success in the other task, in other words, whether active and dominant participants in a group discussion turn out to be good presenters. It is hoped that a close examination of students performance will eventually help in planning advanced courses in sociopragmatic skills. It also seems that students may have differences in the language-independent ability to solve metalinguistic problems such as these. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Puolin ja toisin: Suomalais-virolaista kielentutkimusta. AFinLAn vuosikirja 1998 (On Both Sides: Finnish-Estonian Research on Language. AFinLA Yearbook 1998); see FL 025 589. Paper presented at "Linguistics in Estonia and Finland: Crossing the Gulf" Symposium (Tallinn, Estonia, November 14-15, 1997).