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Increasing Student Willingness to Communicate in Oral Interpersonal Communication

Schmitt, Ameeta (2020) Increasing Student Willingness to Communicate in Oral Interpersonal Communication. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This investigation explored the construct of willingness to communicate (WTC) in the second language (L2) on a traditional foreign language classroom of an urban school district. The study took place in a 9-12 high school Italian 2 classroom. The study focused on activities the ecological and content factors that influence student willingness to communicate in interpersonal oral communication tasks. By using classroom observation, student-self reports, and questionnaires, this study investigated how to develop instructional activities that promote willingness to communicate to increase student participation in oral interpersonal communication. From the questionnaire results and initial observations, it was possible to identify features of task design and task procedures that increased student interpersonal oral communication within the classroom. Findings from this study suggest the importance of developing classroom ecologies where students have input into the contents of the communicative task, a classroom environment that tolerates error, support from the teacher, and cooperative peers with whom to work with. Several implications for classroom teachers derive from this study -- the importance of meaningful contexts, the importance of sufficient time during communicative tasks, meaning making as opposite to grammatical accuracy, teacher guidance and support, and the influence of L1 in the L2, all part of what makes up the classroom ecology.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schmitt, Ameetaads185@pitt.eduads1850000-0002-8112-9361
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDonato,
Committee MemberAbdel-Malek,
Committee MemberHendry,
Committee MemberWells,
Date: 7 July 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 May 2020
Approval Date: 7 July 2020
Submission Date: 29 May 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 83
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Classroom Ecology Communicative Tasks Factors Interpersonal Communication Participation Willingness to Communicate
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 19:24
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 19:24


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