Title

Avoidance Strategies in English Second Language Learners

Date

5-31-2018 8:51 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 8:58 AM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Session Chair

Henry Hughes

Session Title

Literature, Writing and Linguistics

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Robert Troyer

Abstract

Avoidance is a communication strategy employed by language learners when they find some target-like feature in the language challenging and then choose an alternate route. The alternate route could be as simple as choosing to use the word 'good' over the word 'helpful' if the latter is difficult to pronounce. Studying avoidance has immense practical value in SLA. The occurrence of avoidance usually reflects structures in the L2 that might be difficult, different, or even non-existent in the learner’s L1. This research project looks at avoidance strategies of two college-aged English langauge learners. The study explores ways teachers can approach avoidance when it occurs and determine when avoidance is beneficial or harmful to a learner’s growth.

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May 31st, 8:51 AM May 31st, 8:58 AM

Avoidance Strategies in English Second Language Learners

WUC Willamette Room

Avoidance is a communication strategy employed by language learners when they find some target-like feature in the language challenging and then choose an alternate route. The alternate route could be as simple as choosing to use the word 'good' over the word 'helpful' if the latter is difficult to pronounce. Studying avoidance has immense practical value in SLA. The occurrence of avoidance usually reflects structures in the L2 that might be difficult, different, or even non-existent in the learner’s L1. This research project looks at avoidance strategies of two college-aged English langauge learners. The study explores ways teachers can approach avoidance when it occurs and determine when avoidance is beneficial or harmful to a learner’s growth.