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ERIC Number: ED523339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9311-8570-7
Pragmatics: Teaching Natural Conversation
Houck, Noel R., Ed.; Tatsuki, Donna H., Ed.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)
This volume offers teachers in the ESL/EFL classroom some of the first published materials for guiding learners past grammar into authentic-sounding (conventional) utterances and sequences, replacing the scripted unnatural or stilted dialogue provided in textbooks. Teachers will find a range of pedagogical activities to put to immediate use in the classroom, as students learn turn-taking, initiations and responses for formal academic and informal conversation, thanking expressions, apologies, compliments and compliment responses, differences in complimenting behavior between men and women, opening and closing telephone conversations, and use of responders such as "oh, uh-huh/mm-hm, and yeah". "Pragmatics: Teaching Natural Conversation", taken together with the previous volume, "Pragmatics: Teaching Speech Acts", provides teachers with a comprehensive basis for the theoretically sound and pedagogically effective teaching of this important, but often neglected, area of language. This book contains 13 chapters. Chapters include: (1) Introduction (Noel R. Houck and Donna H. Tatsuki); (2) Assessing Familiarity With Pragmatic Formulas: Planning Oral/Aural Assessment (Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig); (3) No Thanks. I'm Full! Raising Awareness of Expressions of Gratitude and Conventional Expressions (Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig and Edelmira L. Nickels); (4) Oh, I'm So Sorry! Are You All Right? Teaching Apologies (Carmella Lieske); (5) Have You Paid Someone a Compliment Today? (Jessie Carduner); (6) Male and Female Complimenting Behavior (Anne McLellan Howard); (7) Taking Turns and Talking Naturally: Teaching Conversational Turn-Taking (Donald Carroll); (8) Teaching Preference Organization: Learning How Not to Say "No" (Donald Carroll); (9) Pragmatic Competency in Telephone Conversation Openings (Jean Wong); (10) Pragmatic Competency in Telephone Conversation Closings (Jean Wong); (11) Responders: Continuers (David Olsher); (12) Responders: Change-of-State Tokens, News Markers, and Assessments (David Olsher); and (13) Developing Students' Language Awareness (Maria Dantas-Whitney).
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Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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