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How to Raise Willingness to Communicate in Heterogenous Students of English: A Case Study on WTC & Investment in a Swedish Upper Secondary Land Management School
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This degree thesis is a case study of classroom behavior by students at a land management upper secondary school located in a rural environment. One issue at this school is that a lot of students are not invested in English language learning, and because they are not invested, their willingness to communicate (WTC) suffers. They do not act upon opportunities to use English as a tool for communication. The result is a reluctance to use English, in the end affecting their language acquisition (i.e. learning English) and communication skills negatively. These students might not be able to partake in the opportunities that mastering English offers, since English is a global language used for communication between people, media and online social media.

The purpose of this study is to observe the students' micro-level communication in the classroom (the actual communication) and isolate factors that facilitate enough engagement for the students to use English in the classroom. This will be done by analyzing the generated data through previous research of WTC and investment to see if the data falls in line with it. By triangulating field notes, video recordings and interviews with the students about their classroom behavior, my interpretation of the data shows that there are various factors that might help to raise WTC and engagement. The results do fall in line with previous research. There are also factors that might reduce WTC and engagement. From the conclusion, a number of pedagogical implementations are drawn. The most important one is that teachers could find it beneficial to view the individual learners themselves as the most important factor and to be aware of what engages them to voluntarily use English in the classroom. It is also beneficial to the students to view English as a tool for communication that grant access to English-speaking communities and possible futures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 57
Keywords [en]
Willingness to communicate, engagement, investment
Keywords [sv]
Kommunikation, engagemang
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12881Local ID: EXE601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12881DiVA, id: diva2:1246902
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Pedagogics
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Teacher Traning Programme
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Available from: 2018-09-12 Created: 2018-09-10 Last updated: 2018-09-12Bibliographically approved

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