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Title: Information Transmission of English Majors in Jordan: Their ability to communicate comprehensible messages.
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This article reports an empirical research into the relationship between L2 learners' target language proficiency/task type and their ability to transmit comprehensible messages to their listeners. In order to test the assumption that even low-level English learners can transmit comprehensible messages despite their limited linguistic resources by using communication strategies (henceforth CSs), a sample of 30 Arab English majors at Yarmouk University in Jordan were asked to perform 3 CLT tasks: Picture story telling, Object-identification and Role-play. /L//L/The performance of the subjects was transcribed and analysed. The results indicate that transmission of comprehensible messages varies according to the learner's proficiency level and the task type. These findings lend further support to the hypothesis that even low level English proficiency learners can communicate and pass comprehensible messages to the interlocutor by resorting to communication strategies (CSs) despite their the linguistic errors committed.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2005
Publication Info: Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2005


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