Volume 5, Issue 2 August 2022, pp. 64–76
Exploring advanced EFL learners’ awareness of communication strategies
The present study explores communication strategies used by Iranian advanced EFL learners to overcome communication problems. This study aims to explore EFL learners’ awareness of communication strategies. To this end, 17 advanced EFL learners who were willing to participate in the study were selected through snowball sampling. Their awareness of communication strategies was then explored through open-ended interviews and analyzed in line with the coding schemes of grounded theory (Strauss & Corbin, 1991). Iterative data collection and analysis yielded four main categories including explicit, reciprocal, implicit, and reduction strategies. Each of these strategies covers some subcategories. To visualize the findings and explore the degree to which the abstracted strategies reflect the participants’ perspective, the transcribed data, along with the emerged strategies were fed to MAXQDA. This study can contribute to effective oral communication by elaborating on the notion of communication strategies and reaching communicative goals. The findings have implications for language learners, language teachers, and materials developers.
© Seyyed Ali Ostovar-Namaghi, Fereshteh Mohit, Mostafa Morady Moghaddam
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Ostovar-Namaghi, S.A., Mohit, M., & Morady Moghaddam, M.M. (2022). Exploring advanced EFL learners’ awareness of communication strategies. Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 5(2), 64–76. https://doi.org/10.29140/ajal.v5n2.686
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