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ERIC Number: ED524435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 231
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
Analyzing Conversation Strategies among Colombian EFL Learners
Nausa Triana, Ricardo Alfonso
Online Submission, MA Thesis, Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the teaching of conversation strategies in the EFL classroom. This is reflected in how institutional programs and textbook series regard conversation management as crucial in the learning of the L2. Classrooms, in this sense, have become spaces for active socialization, and have given the study of conversation a status as important as the status given to grammar or pronunciation. This has resulted in the increase of opportunities for students to have meaningful conversation practices and to develop socialization skills in the EFL classroom. However, conversational practices do not always resemble what is taught in the conversation class. This study focuses on the strategies that a group of beginner learners at the Centro Colombo Americano in Bogota developed after a three month period of instruction on pragmatic and strategic aspects of conversation in English. It proposes a concrete methodology to help students to understand and use strategies in conversations: pragmatic awareness through conversation analysis. It also seeks to set up taxonomy of conversation strategies Colombian beginner learners develop. This taxonomy organizes conversation strategies in three main categories: strategies to i) begin, ii) keep and iii) finish conversations. Strategies are analyzed from a Conversation Analysis perspective. The following are appended: (1) Samples of conversation strategies lessons in recent EFL textbooks; (2) Touchstone 1 Conversation Strategy Lessons; (3) Students' observation checklist; (4) Students' consent form; (5) Center's Director consent form; (6) Conversations transcription conventions; (7) Conversations transcription conventions; (8) A coded conversation; and (9) Conversation strategies typology. (Contains 8 tables.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia (Bogota)