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Title :An ESP approach to the teaching of English Conversation classes : Possibilities, Methods and Outcomes: A Preliminary Report.
Authors :Coulson, David
Publisher :県立新潟女子短期大学
Issue Date :Mar-2009
Journal Title :県立新潟女子短期大学研究紀要
Volume :46
Start Page :89
End Page :101
ISSN :0288-3686
Abstract :Evidence from the conversations between foreigners and English-major students in English Day events, in which first-grade students talk with foreigners in small groups, on the campus of this college shows that students jump from topic to topic in a superficial question-and-answer format, with little sense of conversational flow or discourse coherence. The purpose, of this research was to assess the benefit to students of teaching the discourse pattern for a sub-genre of English interaction known as conversational storytelling. This was predicted to improve students' contributions to conversations held in English by encouraging them to raise the level of linguistic sophistication in their English conversation. It is argued that providing students with this training allows them to enhance their willingness to communicate (WTC).
Students' performance was assessed between 2 English Day events held 5 months apart. Guests were requested to fill out a questionnaire on a battery of questions on students' abilities immediately after talking to them. Students filled out questionnaires on their own performance before and after the 2 English Day events. The results showed that there was a significant statistical change in guests' impressions of students abilities in the sessions where students intentionally used the conversational storytelling approach taught in classes. But students were less sure of change in their own development in conversational ability.
Keywords :ESP
Conversational Storytelling
Generic Patterns
Discourse Awareness
English Day
Type Local :Departmental Bulletin Paper
Language :eng
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/10623/17999
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