Strategies to Help ESL Students Improve their Communicative Competence and Class Participation: A Study in a Middle School

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Claudia Gómez Palacio


This article examines a qualitative study carried out at a middle school in North Carolina, the United States of America. The main purpose of the study was to find effective strategies that teachers can use to help ESL students improve their speaking skills and class participation. Results indicated that both communicative and social strategies as well as exposure to independent reading help ESL students improve their communicative skills and class participation.

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Gómez PalacioC. (2010). Strategies to Help ESL Students Improve their Communicative Competence and Class Participation: A Study in a Middle School. HOW Journal, 17(1), 73-89. Retrieved from
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Claudia Gómez Palacio, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín

Claudia Gómez Palacio holds an M.A. in TESOL from Greensboro College. She is a full time professor at Sección Servicios, Escuela de Idiomas, Universidad de Antioquia and is a member of Grupo de Investigación Acción y Evaluación en Lenguas Extranjeras, GIAE.


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