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Communicative Behaviour of a Language Learner

Exploring Willingness to Communicate


Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Dagmara Gałajda
    Pages 19-26
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 141-169

About this book


This book investigates and analyzes the way in which factors such as communication apprehension, self-perceived communicative competence and group dynamics influence the communicative behavior of a foreign-language learner. It also focuses on interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Using selected models it characterizes and analyzes all types of communication with reference to communication in the language classroom, with a particular emphasis on the foreign-language context. The author also presents some conclusions and implications for both language teachers and language learners, as well as offering suggestions for further research in the field of classroom communication. The results of the study serve as a point of reference for teachers interested in the construct of willingness to communicate and other communication variables related to the issue of communication in a foreign language. The work also raises teachers' awareness of individual learner differences in the context of communication in the foreign-language classroom.


Communication Studies Foreign Language Learning and Teaching Second Language Acquistion Psycholinguistics Affectivity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of EnglishUniversity of SilesiaSosnowiecPoland

About the authors

Dagmara Gałajda received her Ph.D. degree in Linguistics from the University of Silesia, where she now works as an assistant professor. Apart from communication studies, her research interests focus on the teachers’ action zone in facilitating group dynamics, affect in language learning, individual learner differences in SLA/FLL and reflective teaching. Recent publications include “Anxiety and perceived communication competence as predictors of willingness to communicate in ESL/FL classroom” in D. Gabryś-Barker, J. Bielska (eds) (2013), The Affective Dimension in Second Language Acquisition; Clevedon; and “Multilingual Matters, Communication Apprehension and Self-perceived Communication Competence as Variables Underlying Willingness to Communicate” in K. Piątkowska, E. Kościałkowska-Okońska (eds) (2013) Correspondences and Contrasts in Foreign Language Pedagogy and Translation Studies, Berlin: Springer-Verlag. She has co-edited three volumes (two in 2016 and one in 2017) in the series Second Language Learning and Teaching published by Springer-Verlag.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Communicative Behaviour of a Language Learner
  • Book Subtitle Exploring Willingness to Communicate
  • Authors Dagmara Gałajda
  • Series Title Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Series Abbreviated Title Second Language Learning,Teaching
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-59332-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86600-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-59333-3
  • Series ISSN 2193-7648
  • Series E-ISSN 2193-7656
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 169
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Applied Linguistics
    Communication Studies
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