Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 1992

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Minerva L. Caples

Second Committee Member

Dale E. Otto

Third Committee Member

Calvin Greatsinger


An informal study was conducted to explore the effectiveness of experience-based dialogues in the promotion of oral language use in secondary-level English-As-A-Second-Language classrooms. The twenty-one dialogues field-tested in the project were developed interactively, by teacher and students, in the sociocognitive context of each of the learner's background knowledge, experience and immediate communication needs. Experience-based dialogues are a method of language teaching and learning that focuses on the communicative act rather than on isolated or discrete grammatical items. An overview of the results of the informal study was presented here. Strategies for teachers to develop and implement, using this approach, were also discussed.