The Oral Interlanguages in the L2 (English and Filipino) of Education Communication Arts Majors

By Joseleanor Melliza Magno
Faculty, University of San Carlos
Oldog Poblacion,Talisay City, Cebu
(032) 273-1952, 6045

Paper presented at the 2nd Philippine Conference Workshop on
Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE 2)
held February 16-18, 2012, at the Punta Villa Resort
Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines


This research undertaking aimed to assess the interlanguage proficiencies of the Cebuano-Bisaya speaking college students who have ventured into majoring the two second languages. Moreover, this study analyzed the crosslinguistic influences among their languages as they orally narrate, code-switch in the process, and interweave Labov‘s (1999) narrative elements. Twenty (20) BSEd Com Arts majors were elicited narrative accounts, using English and Filipino, based on a short silent film. The results revealed that the participants’ oral proficiencies are higher in Filipino than in English; involved more intrasentential code-switches, and borrowings; and more of Labov‘s (1999) orientation, complicating action, evaluation and coda. There exists a low to moderate correlation from delivery to topic development. The oral interlanguage proficiencies of the learners in one language do not entail proficiencies in the second.

Keywords: code-switching, interlanguage, narrative, oral proficiency, positive and negative transfer

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