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A qualitative study on students’ perceptions of (un)willingness to communicate in English as a foreign language
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims at exploring (1) the circumstances under which some Swedish learners of English are likely to participate in conversations in the target language, and (2) how teachers in upper secondary school might increase these students' willingness to communicate (WTC) in English during lessons. Five students retaking the mandatory first course of English in Swedish upper secondary school volunteered for the study. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews, and the transcripts were analysed using qualitative content analys- is. The results of the study showed that learners perceive the learning environment to be a ma- jor factor affecting their WTC. Moreover, it was concluded that being able to convey a mes- sage is important for the students, and that uncertainty about whether or not they will be able to do so strongly affects their WTC. The results also showed that their WTC is strongly con- nected to their listening comprehension. In light of the reported beliefs and perceptions of the learners, it is suggested that students can be trained for strategies to use when they encounter problems in vocabulary retrieval as well as listening comprehension. Repeating exercises to make the learners feel safe has also been a suggestion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2020. , p. 30
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LÄRARUTBILDNINGEN
Keywords [en]
willingness to communicate, L2, English as a foreign language, upper secondary school, Sweden
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Learning Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-47021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-47021DiVA, id: diva2:1392800
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English
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Available from: 2020-02-17 Created: 2020-02-10 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved

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