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A Brief Study of Reticence in ESL Class

Author(s): Hui Li | Yuhui Liu

Journal: Theory and Practice in Language Studies
ISSN 1799-2591

Volume: 1;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 961;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: English learning | reticence | communicative approach

It is a common phenomenon that students in China, either English or Non-English majors, are resistant to participating in individual or group-based speaking activities. This paper claims that students who refuse to actively participate in their own learning are reticent. Reticence in class impedes student learning, teacher effectiveness and classmate benefits of learning from silent students' insights, observations, and experiences. This paper takes a brief analysis of causes, effects of reticence problem and then proposes possible resolution of it.
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