Title: Repetitions as communication strategies in L2 oral interactions

Authors: Suryani Awang; Wan Nuur Fazliza Wan Zakaria; Siti Shazlin Razak

Addresses: Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA Kelantan, Bukit Ilmu, Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia ' Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA Kelantan, Bukit Ilmu, Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia ' Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA Kelantan, Bukit Ilmu, Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia

Abstract: The implementation of communicative language teaching (CLT) approach in early 1970s has greatly impacted second language (L2) learning worldwide, including Malaysia. Since this approach mainly focuses on the conveyance of a message, CLT students are expected to use various communication strategies (CSs) in getting their message across. In this regard, past literature indicates that repetitions play various roles in oral communication. Hence, they became the focus of the current study. The data were elicited from role-play assessments in English classes involving six selected pairs of students. The analysis of the transcribed oral data revealed that, aside from being employed as time-gaining strategies, repetitions also occurred as a means to provide affirmation, to ask for confirmation and to emphasise a point in oral communication which indicates their role in enhancing effectiveness in communication as posited by Clennell. Consequently, Dörnyei and Scotts' taxanomy of communication is proposed to be revised.

Keywords: communicative competence; communication strategies; role play tasks; second language learners; communicative language teaching; CLT.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2019.10022789

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2019 Vol.26 No.3, pp.301 - 320

Received: 15 Feb 2018
Accepted: 31 Oct 2018

Published online: 25 Jul 2019 *

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