English Majors’ Perceptions on Factors Influencing the Development of their Oral Fluency
There are several implications about oral fluency development of the English language that involve communication from a bilingual perspective, which require a further analysis in the field of teaching-learning English as a foreign language in Ecuador. This research project will determine the factors that influence the development of the oral skill and fluency in undergraduate English major students who are in an intermediate level, at Universidad Técnica del Norte. At this aim, a quantitative approach was applied to identify and measure the factors influencing the oral skill development of the English language, and with this to understand positive and negative aspects that influence fluency during the communication process in the target language. In determining and categorizing factors, a descriptive research along with an inductive method were also applied. To this effect, 5th level English majors were surveyed. The results identified influential factors such as the language exposure mainly fostered by teachers, and the role of interaction inside and outside of the classroom. Finally, this study leaves a new question about oral fluency open for a further research work.
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