ERIC Number: ED335937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
"I Really Like Your Lifestyle": ESL Learners Learning How To Compliment.
A study investigated the effect of classroom instruction in giving compliments on actual encounters between native and non-native speakers of English. Production of compliments and replies to compliments were compared in two nine-member groups of Japanese learners of English as a Second Language, one group receiving six hours of formal instruction in the rules of complimenting in American English and the other given no instruction on this topic. Interaction in conversation with native English-speakers studying Japanese was observed. Several measures of learner performance of compliments were used, including: frequency of occurrence of norm-appropriate compliments; level of spontaneity (speaker-initiated, task-related spontaneous, and addressee-induced); level of appropriateness; well-informedness of utterance; and adjectival repertoire. Replies to compliments were evaluated by reply type and its effect on the interaction, and length of reply. On five of seven measures, subjects in the tutored group showed complimenting behavior more closely approximating native speaker norms than subjects in the untutored group, supporting the idea that formal classroom instruction in social rules of language can assist learners in communicating appropriately and meaningfully with native speakers. A 44-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Compliments (Language)
Note: In: Penn Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, Volume 6, Number 2; see FL 019 424.