IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 9, September 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Ali Ahmed Osman Zakaria
The study probes into Sudanese EFL university learners communication habits to explore the nature of the problem they experience when communicating. To achieve the aim of the study, the researcher employed the analytic descriptive approach. The subjects of the study consisted of 70 Sudanese EFL students drawn from Faculty of Arts at Alneelain University. Two tools were employed for data collection: a questionnaire and an audio-recorded interview with the students. Results showed that the students knew what effective communication entails; proper negotiation of meaning through well constructed message. Result also showed that the students could understand the message addressed to them but they experienced difficulties responding properly. The students reported that the problem they faced in this respect was due to their limited knowledge about the target language and lack of confidence. Furthermore, result proved that the environment in which the students learn and practise English did not encourage the students to develop their communicative abilities. English does not have any communicative functions in the students’ community. That is why the students have very poor communication strategies and in turn they fail to express their thoughts clearly and concisely.