Language transfer as a communication strategy and a language learning strategy in a Malaysian ESL classroom

| March 25, 2009
Title
Language transfer as a communication strategy and a language learning strategy in a Malaysian ESL classroom

Keywords: language transfer, communication strategy, language learning strategy, second language learning

Authors
Shamala Paramasivam
University Putra Malaysia

Bio Data
Shamala Paramasivam is a lecturer at the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia. She has taught English language at the university since 1991. She completed a PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2004. She is interested in ESL and ESP as well as in intercultural discourse and communication. She has written several books on English language and published in international journals such as the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research and the Journal of Universal Language.

Abstract
This paper reports on the use of language transfer as a type of communication strategy and language learning strategy drawing on a variety of oral interaction activities from a Malaysian classroom for English as a second language. The study provides insights into not only how the learners first language functions as a strategy for communication but also how it can enhance second language learning by way of helping learners expand their second language repertoire and increase their automatization of second language items.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 11 Issue 1