Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Using small talk cards to help lower the affective filter and increase language acqusition in adult English learners
by La Spisa, Luisa, M.Ed., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2015, 125; 1583269
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine if adult English learners who used the small talk flash cards communicative activities would lower their affective filter thereby increase their motivation to speak English, and if by practicing authentic conversation with the small talk cards, it would help to increase the students' oral and written output in English. Forty adult English learners were chosen to participate in this comparison study. The study was conducted over a 4-week period. The learners' attitude towards speaking English and their English oral proficiency were scored both at the beginning of the study and at the end. Furthermore, the two groups' writing skills were evaluated and compared at the end of the study. The hypothesis, that the small talk card would help reduce the affective filter and help develop oral and written output, were minimally supported by the data collected. However, a longer study with more participants would better substantiate the results. The data showed that adult English learners enjoyed and wanted the chance to practice authentic language in class. Additionally, they benefited greatly from the practice. Therefore, teachers should make every effort to include as many of these activities as possible in their curriculum.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Seplocha, Holly, Williams, Bruce
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language, Adult education
Keywords: Adult english learners, Affective filter, Second language acquisition
Publication Number: 1583269
ISBN: 978-1-321-54076-5
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