A Study of Socio-Linguistic Factors that Influence the Speaking Skills of ESL Learners with Reference to Government College Students of Thanjavur
Keywords:SLA, speaking skills, TBLT, Socio linguistic competence.
Second Language Acquisition is a continuous process in which the L2 learner undergoes a lot of mental stress through unlearning and re-learning. Of the four language skills, speaking is nevertheless considered to be a challenging one. Students, in a society where English is considered a foreign language find it difficult to speak in English in social context because of the lack of sociolinguistic competence. Despite the contrary arguments related to the relationship between society and language, it is observable through a number of studies that social variables tend to influence language and its process of learning. The principle of the interrelationship between language and society is sociolinguistics. Research on sociolinguistics deals with the various issues of language in a social context
This paper attempts to deal with factors that influence Second Language Acquisition in terms of Socio Linguistic Competence (SLC). The purpose of this paper is to find out some of the Socio Linguistic factors that affect the oral competence of a few ESL students(i.e. 12 UG students from BSc. Physics)from one of the Government colleges in Thanjavur, Rajah Serfoji Government Arts College. It was clear from the results of the experimental group that the participant’s understanding of L2 is influenced by their exposure to language in a specified format from childhood. Audio Visual display of L2 had a great impact on the L2 learners due to their habit of watching English movies from an early stage and that the family’s contribution was influential in achieving this. The samples were assigned a movie â€“ based task and their ability to understand the movie-based task was tested on socio linguistic parameters.