Minnesota and Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
While the topic of language learning strategies has become very popular in the last few
decades, there have been few studies addressing how social context impacts the use of
language learning strategies. This article examines how both the stage of learning and
the setting in which the learning is taking place affect a specific individual’s use of
compensation strategies for speaking English. More specifically, this article focuses on
professional vs. casual settings. The participant is an adult Filipino speaker of English
who has seventeen years’ experience using English in her profession in a variety of
settings abroad. She is currently working as a nurse in Minnesota. Based on interviews,
questionnaires, and observations, this study concludes that even though the participant
feels more proficient speaking English at her workplace than in nonprofessional settings,
she utilizes compensation strategies in both settings. The findings indicate that
compensation strategies can aid in language learning regardless of the learner’s
proficiency level and setting in which the learning is taking place.
Overcoming Limitations: How a Filipino Speaker of English uses Compensation Strategies.
Minnesota and Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
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