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International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review-e-iSSN - 2347 - 3215

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Assessing the Use of English Backchannels in Learners Speaking Tasks with Special Reference to TESFA English Club in Boditi Secondary and Preparatory School
Temesgen Tora Kacho
English Language and Literature, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to assess the use of different conditions of listener back channels on the fluency of L2 speakers. It also aimed at the use of the utterances: yeah, ok, uh, huh and mhmm. The participants of the study were selected by using availability sampling techniques. Qualitative approach was used to conduct this study. In order to attain the objective and research questions, the researcher used Speaking tasks and interview as data gathering instruments. Data were analyzed and interpreted through thematic ways. The main findings for this study indicated that each participant performed speaking task twice in two different back channel conditions. One was a situation where student’s task was back channeled with verbal and non-verbal response. The other involves no back channeling meaning that student oral task was followed by no back channels from the researcher (from the teacher) Fluency was assessed two temporal measures. In addition to this, the results showed that Tesfa English club learns were more fluent in verbal and non-verbal back channel condition and less fluent in no back chancel condition. This result lends support to that back channels may make learns able to speak the language for long period of time and facilitate the fluency of learners during oral task.

Keywords: Back channel, verbal and non-verbal, Fluency, speaking tasks
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Temesgen Tora Kacho. 2019. Assessing the Use of English Backchannels in Learners Speaking Tasks with Special Reference to TESFA English Club in Boditi Secondary and Preparatory School.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 7(5): 28-38
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2019.705.005