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ERIC Number: EJ1083975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4244
Addressing Reticence: The Challenge of Engaging Reluctant Adult ESL Students
Carter, Steven J.; Henrichsen, Lynn E.
Journal of Adult Education, v44 n2 p15-20 2015
Reticence frequently prevents adult ESL learners from learning as much as they otherwise might. The nature of second-language learning requires frequent performance that may challenge students' self-concepts, leading to reticence and self-consciousness. To reduce or prevent this problem, teachers must employ appropriate pedagogical and classroom management strategies to create a safe and supportive learning environment that will reduce students' state anxiety and by extension increase their confidence when using English. Furthermore, attention to establishing a positive group dynamic and careful monitoring and control of situational factors/variables can do much to alleviate language learners' anxiety such that reticence is minimized.
Mountain Plains Adult Education Association. c/o Adult Learning Center, 815 Front Street, Helena, MT 59602. Tel: 406-324-2118; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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