Exploring the Use of Oral Communication Strategies by Speakers of French as a Foreign Language


The study investigates the use of communication strategies (CSs) as a factor mediating foreign language speaking proficiency. Ten learners of French at a Pre-Intermediate - Intermediate level speaking Swedish as L1 were asked to watch six short cartoons and present their contents. All participants have also completed a Placement test prior to performing the task. The resulting set of narratives has been analyzed with a specific aim of identifying the word searching situations and the CSs used to overcome problems caused by difficulties in retrieving the lexical items needed. Additionally, each set of narratives has been evaluated in terms of its informational density. Taken on a case by case basis, the data shows a variety of individual styles adopted by learners to tackle lexical problems. In fact, the use of CSs that are especially instrumental seems to be a far better predictor of communicative efficiency than vocabulary tests scores. It follows that acquiring a foreign language entails becoming a proficient user of CSs and an important pedagogical implication is that explicit training in using such strategies can be highly beneficial.

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Nataliia Vesnina, Aarhus University, Denmark

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Conference: ECLL2022
Stream: Psychology of the learner

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Vesnina N. (2022) Exploring the Use of Oral Communication Strategies by Speakers of French as a Foreign Language ISSN: 2188-112X The European Conference on Language Learning 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-112X.2022.15
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-112X.2022.15

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