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Speaking in a Second Language
Included In Communication: Learning Climates that Cultivate Racial and Ethnic Diversity (2001)
  • Dale Cyphert, University of Northern Iowa
Abstract
A study examined the appropriateness of a university reticence program for students who speak English as a Second Language (ESL). An analysis of enrollment indicated that ESL students were enrolling in the reticence program in proportions that exceeded their own enrollment in the university and that ESL students were more likely than native speakers to enroll in the reticence option. A questionnaire was distributed to 50 faculty and teaching assistants who were responsible for one or more sections of the basic speech course. These surveys and interviews were used to gain insight into the appropriateness of either regular public speaking classes or the reticence program to address ESL students' speech skills and apprehension needs. The study concluded that while the current self-selection of students into reticence sections is not an appropriate choice from the available options, neither course addresses the specific skill or apprehension issues of second language public speaking.
Publication Date
2001
Editor
Judith S. Trent
Publisher
National Communication Association and the American Association of Higher Education
Citation Information
Dale Cyphert. "Speaking in a Second Language" Washington DCIncluded In Communication: Learning Climates that Cultivate Racial and Ethnic Diversity (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dale_cyphert/7/