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ERIC Number: ED371643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching the Pragmatics of Accounts-Payable Letters in Papua New Guinea.
Moody, James
The development of a course in English letter-writing for workers in the accounts-payable departments of Papua New Guinea businesses is described. The needs assessment involved extensive discussion with company staff and their supervisors, collection and analysis of letters recently produced by that staff, and development of a diagnostic test. It was decided that the course would focus on the purpose or function of the communication as interaction rather than the types of text. Students were encouraged to treat correspondence as a form of conversation, and to consider the reader's likely response to each sentence in the text, emphasizing their own role in promoting cooperation between writer and reader. Further, students were taught the use of politeness strategies, particularly indirect ones, to accomplish the text's objective. The texts of a number of letters are presented and analyzed for their pragmatic linguistic features. A brief bibliography and a classroom pragmatics exercise are also included. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea