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ERIC Number: EJ1077510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
A Concept-Based Approach to Teaching Speech Acts in the EFL Classroom
Nicholas, Allan
ELT Journal, v69 n4 p383-394 Oct 2015
While concept-based instruction (CBI), grounded in sociocultural theory, has been the subject of increased attention in recent years, it is still a relatively unknown methodology in language teaching contexts. In this approach, the emphasis is on helping learners develop a deep, conceptual understanding of a skill or knowledge area, so that this knowledge can then be applied in a variety of situations. This article reports on a study in which elements of CBI were combined with findings from conversation analysis research to create a short course on speech acts and the act of requesting. By combining these two areas, the author addresses some of the challenges facing teachers wishing to teach pragmatics in the classroom. The article discusses key features of the course, and proposes a number of principles for effective concept-based speech act instruction.
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Language: English
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