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ERIC Number: ED472700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 26
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Message Transmission and Comprehension of Arab Learners of English in Jordan.
Rababah, Ghaleb Ahmed
This article reports an empirical research study into the relationship between second language learners' target language proficiency/task type and their ability to transmit comprehensible messages to their listeners. In order to test the assumption that even low-level English learners can transmit comprehensible messages despite their limited linguistic resources by using communication strategies (CSs), a sample of 30 Arab English majors at Yarmouk University in Jordan were asked to perform three tasks: picture story telling, object identification, and role play. The performance of subjects was transcribed and analyzed. Results indicate that transmission of comprehensible messages varies according to the learner's proficiency level and the task type. These findings lend further support to the hypothesis that even low level English proficiency learners can communicate and pass comprehensible messages to the interlocutor by resorting to CSs, despite the linguistic errors committed. (Contains 12 bibliographic references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jordan