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ERIC Number: EJ866522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Help Seeking in English Language Learning
Skinner, Barbara; Madden, Mary Catherine
ELT Journal, v64 n1 p21-31 Jan 2010
An examination of literature on the issue of help seeking (HS) has revealed a common theme: students will not always ask for help, even when they are aware that help is needed. The purpose of this action research study was to examine HS and help avoidance in the context of setting tasks in two types of English language-learning environment: a formal classroom situation and an informal community group. This action research study aimed firstly to explore whether and how instances of HS to understand tasks set could be increased, and secondly to examine the effects the two very different language-learning environments had on students' HS. It was found that changes in HS behaviour were small and that regardless of interventions to support HS, learners will only seek help when the environment in which they are learning is relaxed and informal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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