Attachment in the young learners classroom: overcoming silence and reticence

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Nathan Thomas

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This presentation will attempt to describe the silence and reticence some young learners experience in the EFL classroom using attachment theory (Bowlby, 1969) as a theoretical base. This perspective puts the relationship (attachment bond) between student and teacher as the main factor in whether or not meaningful speech emerges from new non-verbal young learners of English.

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