Willingness to Communicate in Second Language Acquisition: A Case Study from a Socio-Affective Perspective

Kamran Mehrgan

Abstract


Willingness to communicate in a second language is defined as language learners' tendency to initiate discourse in a particular context with some individuals. It is considered an important factor which could result in the development of a second language. On the other hand, socioaffective learning strategies are assumed as the tools which could alleviate the problems of language learning. This case study endeavored to scrutinize whether those who have willingness to communicate in a second language make use of socioaffective strategies. To this aim, 20 second language learners were given the WTC questionnaire. Then, the two participants whose scores in WTC questionnaire were higher than the rest were selected. The two selected participants were male and female adults. The male was 27 and the female was 23 years old. Then, the researcher interviewed them to see which socioaffective strategies they used. The results of this case study revealed the fact that the individuals with WTC acted differently in the use of socioaffective strategies.


Keywords


Willingness to Communicate; Socioaffective Strategies; Second Language Acquisition.

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