The Impact of Information Gap Activities on Young EFL Learners' Oral Fluency

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Autor:
Ortíz Neira, Ramón
URI:
http://repositoriodigital.uct.cl/handle/10925/2833
Datos de publicación:
PROFILE-ISSUES IN TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT,Vol.21,113-125,2019
Temas:
Attitudes in English as a foreign language - English as a foreign language - information gap activities - young learners - oral fluency
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Resumen:
This study adopted a mixed method approach with an action research design. The aim was to determine the impact of information gap activities on young English as a foreign language learners' oral fluency. Information gap activities were based on the communicative approach as well as on task-based learning. Twenty-three eighth graders participated in this action research. The students were immersed in a multicultural and at-risk context in a public high school in southern Chile. Their English-speaking level fluctuated between A1 and A2. The technique was applied over the course of a semester (ten weeks). Data were collected by applying a pre-test, post-test, and focus group questionnaire. Results suggest an improvement in oral fluency and a positive perception of the technique used during the intervention.

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