ERIC Number: EJ1069382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Developmental Sequences of L2 Communication Strategies
Rossiter, Marian J.
Applied Language Learning, v15 p55-66 2005
This paper reports a study that investigated the development of second language (L2) communication strategies (code-switching, all-purpose words, word coinage, approximation, and circumlocution) over time. In the study, 8 adult learners in a full-time English as a second language program provided oral narrations of an eight-frame picture story at Time 1 and again 15 weeks later. I examined the transcripts of the 4 learners who demonstrated improvement over time. All communication strategies in the narratives at Times 1 and 2 were identified, coded, and quantified. Linguistic analyses of the narratives revealed an overall decrease in the use of the communication strategies over time, but an increased use of circumlocution. The study provided further evidence of a hierarchical order in the development of L2 oral communication strategies.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Communication Strategies, Code Switching (Language), Language Usage, Vocabulary, Adult Students, Personal Narratives, Student Improvement, Oral Language, Control Groups, Experimental Groups
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