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ERIC Number: EJ803872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Dynamic Emergence of Situational Willingness to Communicate in a Second Language
Kang, Su-Ja
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v33 n2 p277-292 Jun 2005
This article reports on a qualitative study that shows how situational willingness to communicate (WTC) in a second language (L2) can dynamically emerge and fluctuate during a conversation situation. From inductive analysis of data from interviews, videotaped conversations, and stimulated recalls, it was found that situational WTC in L2 emerged from the joint effect of three interacting psychological conditions of excitement, responsibility, and security, each of which was co-constructed by interacting situational variables such as topic, interlocutors, and conversational context. Based on the findings, I propose a multi-layered construct of situational WTC and a new definition of WTC in L2, in which WTC is suggested as a dynamic situational concept that can change moment-to-moment, rather than a trait-like predisposition. I also present pedagogical implications, suggesting ways in which situational variables can be controlled to create L2 learners' situational WTC. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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