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Title: A contact approach to communicative language teaching : the validity and evaluation of a contact approach designed for Japanese students of English
Author: Yildiz, N. E.
Awarding Body: Institute of Education (University of London)
Current Institution: UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Date of Award: 1984
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This thesis is an exploratory investigation of the effectiveness of a Contact Approach for communicative language teaching. The approach centres around learner-guided contacts with native speakers of English in the target community setting. The subjects of the study were 159 Japanese high school and university students and four Japanese teachers of English. These subjects had had an average of five years of English language instruction in Japan and had come to Vancouver Community College in Vancouver, Canada, to take a two or three week Summer English course to improve their conversational skills. The theoretical side of the thesis stresses the importance of creating learning conditions that allow the learners to engage in meaningful communication with others, and also creating conditions that provide the learners with a sense of security and confidence so that their contacts with native speakers outside the classroom do not become a negative learning experience. The empirical side of the study looks at the effectiveness of such an approach to learning for meeting the learners' cognitive and affective needs. The evaluation is very much an illuminative one which draws on both qualitative and quantitative data. The findings of the major study showed that the Contact Approach was a major contributor in meeting the learners' cognitive and affective needs. The learners, through their contact with native speakers, had learnt a lot about the culture and its people. They had shown a significant increase in self-confidence to communicate in English, and a significant decrease in anxiety about interacting and conversing with native speakers outside the classroom.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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