Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Robert Dlouhy

Second Advisor

Garyle Voss


Conversational skills are something that can be improved over time. For new language learners, conversing in English can be difficult. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to determine the preferential methods to enhance conversational skills used by students from the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) at Western Michigan University. The study was conducted using a survey questionnaire consisting of 7 parts. The conversation improvement methods that were addressed in the survey included: print, audio-visual, electronic devices/technology, face-to-face conversations and games. 112 students, 35 females, 75 males and 2 unknowns, participated in the survey during the summer term. The data was collected and analyzed using bar charts from Microsoft Excel and Chi-square analysis. The results obtained from the survey indicated that the preferential methods used by the CELCIS students were watching television and having face-to-face conversations.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access