Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Sandra Basgall


This study looks at factors which affect oral communication in a multicultural classroom of twenty-six graduate students in one course. The research is mainly based on data gathered by questionnaire, but is supplemented with observational data and an interview with the instructor. The students are asked to report what makes them speak up in large group discussions. The author relates the findings to similar research done on this topic of oral participation in the classroom and suggests changes that could be implemented to better accommodate everyone's different communication styles. Finally, suggestions for further research are made.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education