Date of Award

5-1-2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Pultorak, Edward

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate international learners’ beliefs about the development of their oral fluency in English and how their social relationships with native speakers and educational experiences in Study Abroad programs contributed to their verbal production. While several studies discuss the advantages of Study Abroad programs and the development of reading and writing fluency, only a few have explored oral fluency in ESL/EFL classrooms. This research was designed to examine international students’ beliefs about how their learning experiences in the U.S. affected their speaking ability. The aim was to understand how interactions with native speakers promoted comprehensible input and allowed ESL/EFL learners to produce comprehensible output. Bakhtin’s dialogism and the situated learning theory of Lave and Wenger are complementary frameworks, discussed, which show the importance of participation within communities. Data were collected using qualitative methods, including semi-structured interviews and classroom observations. Findings revealed that the use of technology in formal and informal settings developed ESL and EFL students’ oral skills. Furthermore, ESL learners’ social interaction with native speakers promoted cultural competence that lead to their accurate usage of the target language.

Available for download on Friday, July 23, 2021

Share

COinS
 

Access

This dissertation is only available for download to the SIUC community. Others should contact the
interlibrary loan department of your local library or contact ProQuest's Dissertation Express service.