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ERIC Number: ED398740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 13
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Pragmatic Consciousness-Raising in an EFL Context.
Rose, Kenneth R.
Research has underscored the need to develop pragmatic competence in learners of English as a Second Language (ESL). Learners have a target community (native speakers) to both model themselves after and practice with. However, in English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) settings, this is not the case. Most learners will not use pragmatic competence at all, and those who do will use it primarily with other non-native speakers (NNSs), so it is not clear just whose pragmatic system is to serve as a model. Most EFL teachers are NNSs and so do not have the native-speaker (NS) intuitions needed to use the approaches and materials common to ESL settings. It seems most feasible to adopt a pragmatic consciousness-raising approach, which has as its aims the sensitizing of learners to context-based variation in language use and the role of variables that help determine that variation. Such an approach can be adopted by both NS and NNS teachers and has the advantage of providing learners with a foundation in some of the central aspects of pragmatics, which they can then apply in whatever setting they may encounter as their English proficiency develops. Contains 36 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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