Giving students a fighting chance: pragmatics in the language classroom

  • Title: Giving students a fighting chance: pragmatics in the language classroom
    Author: McLean, Terence
    Year: 2004
    Keyword(s): ESL, pragmatics, English as a second language
    Description: In order to give language learners a fighting chance outside the classroom, teachers must provide them with consciousness-raising opportunities for developing pragmatic awareness. By attending to pragmatic factors in second-language (L2) situations, students will be better able to make informed choices in negotiating effective communication. This article examines the potential use of the pragmatic discourse completion task (DCT) as a springboard for discussion in the L2 classroom. A description of a DCT used in a study involving advanced L2 learners at the University of Alberta (Ranta, 2002) is provided. The author also provides suggestions for developing students' pragmatic awareness.
    Peer Reviewed: Yes
    Type of Item: Journal Articles
    Publication Information: McLean, Terrence. "Giving Students A Fighting Chance: Pragmatics In The Language Classroom." TESL Canada Journal 21.2 (2004): 72-92. ERIC. Web. 5 Sept. 2014.
    Language: English

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