Volume 11, Issue 3 (2004)                   IQBQ 2004, 11(3): 145-159 | Back to browse issues page

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Mirhasani A, Akbari R, Karimi Allvar N. The Effect of Shyness, Elicitation Task Nature on Iranian EFL Students Use of Oral Communication Strategies. IQBQ. 11 (3) :145-159
URL: http://eijh.modares.ac.ir/article-27-160-en.html
1- Tarbiat Modares University
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This work supports the effectiveness of the employment of communication strategies for bet-ter and more efficient communication. Communication strategies varies as a function of dif-ferent factors such as personality traits, pedagogical setting, L2 context, etc. The present re-search aimed at delving into the relationship between shyness, task nature and the frequency and type of communication strategies used by the subjects. The subjects of the study were 168 male and female students at Ilam university and Islamic Azad University of Tehran (South Branch). The subjects took a Michigan test of language proficiency. Out of 168 sub-jects taking the Michigan test, 106 were found to be homogenous and qualified to take part in three different communicative activities: Free Discussion, Translation, and Story Recon-struction. Out of the 106 subjects 102 took part in the above-mentioned activities. They were also given to fill up the Stanford Shyness questionnaire. The statistical procedure of Chi-Square was used for the purpose of the study. It was shown that shyness affects the adoption and choice of communication strategies negatively. i.e. non-shy students use more communication strategies than their shy counterparts, and also that non-shy students use more achievement strategies vis-à-vis their shy friends, while the latter group preferred to use more avoidance strategies. The study, however, couldn’t establish and confirm any relationship between the type of task and the type of communication strategies used by the subjects.
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Received: 2010/06/16 | Accepted: 2004/06/15 | Published: 2010/06/16

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