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ERIC Number: ED117978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 30
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Incorporating Sociolinguistic Norms into an EFL Program.
Jacobson, Rodolfo
It is not sufficient for students in foreign language classes to simply internalize the sound system and grammatical structure of the target language or to memorize the vocabulary. Speaking is not merely a linguistic event, but rather involves an extensive system of norms for the social interaction. The relationship between speaking and social interaction has been extensively studied by sociolinguistics. It is the purpose of this paper to: (1) briefly describe and define some of the sociolinguistic norms that have been identified, (2) show how these norms correlate with behavioral patterns observed in speaking, and (3) illustrate how drills can be devised and used in foreign language teaching to teach the interactional norms involved in speaking. The basic sociolinguistic notions of role relationship, social situation, social interaction, language choice, and speaking are discussed. Items that lend themselves to the construction of foreign language drills are personal and transactional role relationships; congruent and incongruent social situations; metaphorical and situational switching; language choice, in terms of stable and unstable bilingualism; tones and manner of communication; channels and modes; interlocutors; and speech situations, speech events, and speech acts. Sample drills are provided. (CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the MEXTESOL National Convention (2nd, Cocoyoc, Mexico, 1975)