EFL Learners’ Negotiation of Meaning

Samira Saeed Rashid Al Hosni

Abstract


This study aimed at investigating EFL learners’ frequency of negotiation of meaning when performing focused and unfocused communication tasks. The sample consists of thirty learners divided into ten groups. Three research instruments were used to collect data; communication tasks, field notes and interviews. Data analysis revealed that there is no significant difference in the frequency of negotiation of meaning between the two task types. This is due to the fact that, learners performed both task types as unfocused tasks and they were able to use some communication strategies to keep communication flowing and to go round the target structure. Amazingly, despite the existence of the trigger of negotiation, the indicator of misunderstanding, an important negotiation phase, was absent in many cases from the conversations in both task types. Subsequently, the research findings suggest providing learners with opportunities that urge them to perform as language users rather than language learners.

 


Keywords


Communication; focused communication tasks; unfocused communication tasks; negotiation of meaning

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.3n.1p.215

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