Vol. 4,No. 12, December 2014

Author(s): Nahid Yarahmadzehi, Farzane Safarzade Samani

Abstract: The purpose of this study was identifying the CSs used by Iranian pre-intermediate EFL learners in oral communication. The participants were 15 pre-intermediate EFL learners aged between 16 and 17 years from Ofogh Language School in Shahrekord, Iran. The researcher recorded 48 sessions to make a permanent record of learners’ oral performance for later analysis. The 8 sessions were selected out of 24 sessions and then were transcribed and coded according to an integrated taxonomy taken from Tarone (1980), Faerch and Kasper (1983), and Dornyei and Scott (1997). The results revealed that the most frequently used strategies by pre intermediate learners were use of fillers and hesitation devices, code switching, appeal for help and self- repetition and the least frequently used strategies were word coinage, foreignzing and comprehension check.

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