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ERIC Number: EJ1129050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
The Influence of Learning Context and Age on the Use of L2 Communication Strategies
Montero, Lidia; Serrano, Raquel; Llanes, Àngels
Language Learning Journal, v45 n1 p117-132 2017
This study examines the effects of foreign language learning context (three-month study-abroad; versus "at-home" instruction) and age (10-11-year-old children versus university students) on the development of effective foreign language communication strategies (CS) in monologue production. Participants (N = 95) were all Spanish/Catalan bilingual learners of English as a foreign language. A pre-test/post-test design was adopted, with participants performing an oral narrative both before and after a "learning" period of three months spent either studying abroad in a target language context or studying the target language at home. The narratives were analysed for use of first-language (L1)-based strategies; further, a measure of CS effectiveness was developed and implemented. Results suggest that the study-abroad experience had a significant positive effect on children, who increased their use of effective CS and reduced the proportion of L1-based CS as compared to at-home children. However, the influence of learning context on adult use of effective CS and reduction in L1-based CS was not so clearly marked.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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