ERIC Number: EJ1205657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
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Oral Interaction in the EFL Classroom: The Effects of Instructional Focus and Task Type on Learner Affect
Van Batenburg, Eline S. L.; Oostdam, Ron J.; Van Gelderen, Amos J. S.; Fukkink, Ruben G.; De Jong, Nivja H.
Modern Language Journal, v103 n1 p308-326 Spr 2019
Little is known about the effects of different instructional approaches on learner affect in oral interaction in the foreign language classroom. In a randomized experiment with Dutch pre-vocational learners (N = 147), we evaluated the effects of 3 newly developed instructional programs for English as a foreign language (EFL). These programs differed in instructional focus (form-focused vs. interaction strategies-oriented) and type of task (pre-scripted language tasks vs. information gap tasks). Multilevel analyses revealed that learners' enjoyment of EFL oral interaction was not affected by instruction, that willingness to communicate (WTC) decreased over time, and that self-confidence was positively affected by combining information gap tasks with interactional strategies instruction. In addition, regression analyses revealed that development in learners' WTC and enjoyment did not have predictive value for achievement in EFL oral interaction, but that development in self-confidence did explain achievement in EFL oral interaction in trained interactional contexts.
Descriptors: Oral Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Task Analysis, Self Esteem, Teaching Methods, Program Evaluation, Grammar, Student Attitudes, Prevocational Education, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Communication, Interaction
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands