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Tolerance of Ambiguity _ Second Language Acquisition

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					   Tolerance of Ambiguity
             &
Second Language Acquisition


      Literature Review
      By Kristyn Kidney
              Guiding Questions
• What is tolerance of ambiguity?

• How is it encountered in second language acquisition?

• How does it effect second language acquisition?

• What can be done to help students with varying degrees of
  ambiguity tolerance?
1) What is AT?


   Being
 comfortable
   with the
  unknown
   2) How is AT
encountered in SLA?
         Listening
          Reading
        Speaking

      Writing
      Grammar &
      Vocabulary
      Culture
3) How does AT
effect SLA success?


   • Moderate AT =   Most success
   • High AT     =   Less success
   • Low AT      =   Least success
4) What can be done to
help students with
varying degrees of AT?
  • Student strategies:
       Affective        Engagement        External
        control                           support

     •Allow for a       •Search         •Contact a tutor
     slight lapse of    material on a   with a specific
     time               deeper level    question
     •Acknowledge       •Revise the     •Ask a fellow
     true feelings      information     student
     •Engage in self-   •Engage in      •Seek an expert
     talk               repetition      speaker
4) What can be done to
help students with
varying degrees of AT?
   • Teacher modifications
      Environments           Guessing Strategies




      Awareness               Open discussions
          What’s your AT?

• Test your tolerance of ambiguity to
  discover if you have a high,
  moderate, or low comfort level
  with uncertainty.

				
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