The Effect of Pre-Task Strategic Planning on Russian A2 EFL Learners’ Monologic Oral Performance

Marina I. Solnyshkina, Chulpan R. Ziganshina, Elvira Albertovna Sharifullina, Galiya M. Gatiyatullina


The paper addresses the problem of pre-task planning advisability for A2 Russian EFL speakers. The research presented examines the structure, breakdown, repair, syntactic complexity, lexical diversity and accuracy of the discourse produced by 37 Russian participants of the English language competition held in Kazan, Russia, in January 2016. The discourse analysis revealed that the pretask time is used by A2 EFL speakers not to plan a response but elicit a topic text from the memory thus focusing on form rather than meaning. Hence, in A2 tests prioritizing meaning over form and measuring the ability for spontaneous speech, the one-minute pre-task planning time is viewed as questionable.




oral performance, pre-task planning, A2, Russian EFL speakers, discourse.

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