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ERIC Number: EJ1126972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
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ISSN: EISSN-2203-4714
Maximising Asian ESL Learners' Communicative Oral English via Drama
Gill, Chamkaur
Advances in Language and Literary Studies, v7 n5 p240-246 Oct 2016
This paper proposes that activities based on a variety of drama-based techniques could be valuable in giving Asian ESL learners opportunities to use communicative spoken English confidently and without restraint during their time in English-language-speaking countries. These learners often get anxious when in situations where they are required to speak in English. Fears about making errors related to grammar, fluency and clarity that might cause them to be embarrassed stand in the way of unencumbered speech output. In addition, cultural issues linked to voice-projection and body language can hinder oral interaction in English and hamper their motivation to speak. They are, therefore, deprived of much-needed speaking practice. I find that drama lets my students speak communicatively, free of the dread of constant correction, in a relaxed and enjoyable learner-centred environment that appears to help diminish their anxiety and inhibitions. As a result, their motivation to speak increases, leading to extended speech production.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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