• Muhammad Mooneeb Ali HED punjab
  • Malik Ajmal Gulzar Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad
  • Shabnum Sayyed Hussain Muslim Youth University Islamabad


Spoken Discourse, Fillers, English Language Classrooms, Teachers, Pakistan


This study attempts to investigate the use and types of fillers by the English language teachers in local classrooms. Various studies have validated the importance of using fillers in second language contexts. Hence, this research will be significant to view the use of fillers in English language classrooms. This research is binary in nature. Firstly, Participants of the research were the 20 randomly selected English language teachers from various five different universities of Lahore. Then, data was collected through the recordings of the teachers. A total of 20 lectures of forty-five minutes each were taken from these teachers. Further, Qualitative approach was chosen for data analysis. The analysis of data presented that these English language teachers used a high ratio of fillers in their classroom teaching. It was also explored that both lexical and non-lexical fillers were part of their spoken discourse. At the second stage five open-ended questions were also asked by the 20 teachers to gather their opinion regarding the use of fillers in the lectures. Teachers opinioned that fillers are integral part of their second language, and it has positive effect on learners.


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How to Cite

Ali, M. M., Malik , A. G., & Sayyed, S. S. H. (2024). EXPLORING THE USE OF FILLERS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSROOMS. Balochistan Journal of Linguistics, 11, 21. Retrieved from https://journals.luawms.edu.pk/bjl/article/view/67