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TESL-EJ, v14 n3 Dec 2010

A large number of non native speakers (NNS) of English from around the globe attend summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses in host countries before going on to further study. Such learners have expectations regarding the improvements that they will make in their speaking skills, not just in an academic context, but also in social contexts. This paper reports on a qualitative study into the kind of contact that such NNS have with native speakers in the community. The findings suggest that expectations are generally not met and our discussion focuses on the ways in which arising issues might be better addressed not only by providers in the host country, but in some regards also by providers in the home country, before students actually leave. Particularly, we argue that when developing listening and speaking skills in the classroom we need to recognise the importance of English as a local language (ELL) and include tasks which contain examples of such language if we are going to adequately equip our learners. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)

Descriptors: Speech Communication, Oral Language, Native Speakers, English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language), Social Environment, Second Language Learning, Expectation, Second Language Instruction, Listening Skills, Teaching Methods, Summer Programs, Student Attitudes

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Author: Jarvis, Huw; Stakounis, Helena

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3691&id=EJ912067







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