ERIC Number: ED464503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Cross Cultural Varieties of Politeness.
Hondo, Junko; Goodman, Bridget
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v6 n1 p163-170 Fall 2001
The treatment of politeness features is particularly revealing of the complex dynamics that language teachers face given the cultural variety present in schools and colleges. Along with its positive contributions to the learning environment, the growing student diversity poses a significant challenge for both students and educators. This paper explores the culturally-based variations of a particular speech act (the compliment). A review of current literature on the subject among the speakers of five languages (American English, Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian Arabic, and Spanish) illustrates contrasting patterns of discourse. The review indicates that if communicative competence is a learning objective, the language curriculum needs to include direct treatment of such sociolinguistic features. Implications for today's classroom include the important role teachers play in implementing the use of compliments in the target culture, (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Arabic, Chinese, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Japanese, Language Teachers, Language Usage, Limited English Speaking, Spanish, Speech Communication, Teacher Role, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Foreign Language Education Program.