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Speaking in social contexts: Issues for pre-sessional EAP students

Jarvis, HA and Stakounis, S 2010, 'Speaking in social contexts: Issues for pre-sessional EAP students' , TESL-EJ, 14 (3) , pp. 1-14.

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    Abstract

    A large number of non native speakers (NNS) of English from around the globe attend summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses in host countries before going on to further study. Such learners have expectations regarding the improvements that they will make in their speaking skills, not just in an academic context, but also in social contexts. This paper reports on a qualitative study into the kind of contact that such NNS have with native speakers in the community. The findings suggest that expectations are generally not met and our discussion focuses on the ways in which arising issues might be better addressed not only by providers in the host country, but in some regards also by providers in the home country, before students actually leave. Particularly, we argue that when developing listening and speaking skills in the classroom we need to recognise the importance of English as a local language (ELL) and include tasks which contain examples of such language if we are going to adequately equip our learners.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education
    Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
    Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PB Modern languages. Celtic languages > PB0001 Modern languages
    Memory, Text and Place
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: TESL-EJ
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1072-4303
    Depositing User: HA Jarvis
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 15:40
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:44
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12697

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