ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH & DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING,
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, OSMANIA UNIVERSITY, HYDERABAD, TELANGANA, INDIA.
There is a greater demand for the efficient speakers of English in today’s world. Though there has been a prominent shift within the field of language learning over the last twenty years with greater emphasis being put on learners and learning rather than on teachers and teaching, there is still an element of fear among the second language learners of English in using the English language effectively. This paper focused on improving the speaking skills in English of the second language learners by applying affective strategies proposed by Oxford. R. For this purpose, Oxford’s SILL was used as a research tool to find out how learners use their affective strategies while performing their English language. After administering the SILL a pre-test was conducted on the sample learners to check the fear factor among the learners while speaking in English. An intervention programme using affective strategies was conducted for 15 days. Later, a post-test was conducted to check the effectiveness of the affective strategies on the speaking skills of the learners. This programme brought a visible change on the second language learners of English. It helped them in reducing the fear factor and increased confidence levels among the learners.
KEY WORDS: affective strategies, intervention programme, pre-test, post-test