ERIC Number: ED362003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Toward a Pedagogical Description of the Pragmatic Competence of Native Speakers of English.
Cots, Josep Maria
An approach to teaching second language learners the pragmatic aspects of communicative competence is discussed. The approach uses analysis of verbal interaction to explain four areas of skill and knowledge related to communicative competence: grammatical competence; sociolinguistic competence; discourse competence; and strategic competence. It goes beyond the functional approach by expanding the student's perspective to complete, real interactions. The first section of the discussion explains the rationale behind such qualitative analysis. The second section outlines three areas of communicative competence: sociolinguistic, textual, and strategic. Subsequently, sections are devoted to more thorough discussion of those three areas and their use in analyzing interactional requirements and verbal strategies to cope with them. Examples are drawn from an actual conversation (text appended) between a professor and a doctoral student in an American university. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning (5th, Urbana, IL, April 1991).