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ERIC Number: EJ1079694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1916-4742
Effect of Context on Types of Hesitation Strategies Used by Iranian EFL Learners in L2 Oral Language Tests
rad, Shadi Khojasteh; Abdullah, Ain Nadzimah
English Language Teaching, v5 n7 p102-109 Jul 2012
Hesitation strategies appear in speech in the form of filled or unfilled pauses, paralinguistic markers like nervous laughter or coughing, or signals which are used to justify units in the coming utterances in which the speaker struggles to produce. The main functions of these forms of hesitation strategies have been associated with speech planning or accessing speech difficulties. The present paper reports on a study which investigated the effect of context on hesitation strategies employed by Iranian university students. Previous studies on hesitation strategies used by beginner or advanced L2 learners revealed that beginners mostly leave their hesitation pauses unfilled which cause their speech to sound disfluent, and advanced learners tend to use various fillers in order to sound like native speakers. The study examines this phenomenon across different contexts in an oral L2 test situation. The respondents were a group of students registered in the Tertiary English Language Program at a university in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The frequency and use of silent pauses, silent pauses and fillers, fillers, and non-lexical words were examined in four different L2 oral tasks. The aim was to identify the effect of context on the types of hesitation strategies employed by the EFL learners in speaking tests.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran; Malaysia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International English Language Testing System