From Strategic Perspective: Investigating Teacher-Employed Communication Strategies in EFL Classroom Context

Massoud Yaghoubi-Notash, Mohammad Amin Karafkan

Abstract


Various studies have laid emphasis on the nature and patterns of strategy employment in EFL context. Most studies, however, tend to examine those strategies in learner performance. In this study, the researchers investigated the types of communication strategies used by teachers teaching elementary level learners compared to those who are teaching at advanced levels. To this end, 16 (8 elementary and 8 advanced) teachers’ verbal classroom performance were recorded and analyzed for characterizing the strategy types. Four full classroom sessions were recorded and transcribed of each teacher’s teaching. T-test results indicated that propositional reduction strategies were employed more significantly on the part of teachers teaching advanced-levels. There are a number of important pedagogical implications for teachers and learners regarding teaching experience, syllabus design, and curriculum development which are discussed.

 


Keywords


Communication strategies, Teacher-employed strategies, Avoidance strategy, Message abandonment

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