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Willingness to Communicate in the Language Classroom: Hayo Reinders

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In the first in a new, short series of posts, Prof. Hayo Reinders explores the concept of 'Willingness to Communicate'. Producing the target language is an important factor contributing to success in language acquisition (Swain and Lapkin 1995).
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Short overview and reference list. Perhaps this concept, more than motivation, is a good area of focus in pre-service teacher education
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Willingness to Communicate: Hayo Reinders

[My summary]: Teachers should encourage learners to feel free to try and use the language as much as possible.  Researchers use the term "willingness to communicate" to refer to learners' readiness to engage in oral communication inside or outside the classroom. Output - producing the target language - is vital for learners to develop proficiency and its value for learning is undisputed.


Two contrasting problems may arise in the classroom - either learners do not participate due to lack of opportunity, for example, or they are pushed to participate without sufficient support.  Reinders recommends teachers try to:

1. reduce anxiety levels (avoid focusing on accuracy/correcting errors)

2. encourage group cohesiveness

3. find relevant and interesting topics 

4. explore alternatives to face-to-face communication (text chat, digital games).

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And a couple of WTC references: Hashimoto, MacIntyre

http://www.hawaii.edu/sls/sls/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Hashimoto.pdf

http://www.uoc.edu/portal/ca/catedra_multilinguisme/_resources/documents/Barcelona_paper_for_UOC_Conference.pdf

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