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ERIC Number: EJ1174101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
An Emerging Pedagogical Approach to Teaching Pragmatic Formulas
Zavialova, Alisa
TESL Canada Journal, v34 n3 p192-204 2017
A good mastery of a range of formulaic sequences appears to be an important component of successful language learning (Wood, 2015; Wray, 2002). Certain formulaic sequences, known as pragmatic formulas, play a vital role in developing second language pragmatic competence, as they are crucial for successful speech act realization (Bardovi-Harlig, 2012). However, this category of formulaic language has been rather neglected in ESL pedagogy. To date, approaches to teaching formulaic language and pragmatics mainly use awareness-raising techniques; this approach, however, lacks potential for retention of formulaic sequences in learners' long-term memory (Boers & Lindstromberg, 2009). This article reports on a 6-hour course that was taught to 4 intermediate ESL students enrolled in one of the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs in Ontario. The course followed a refined approach to teaching pragmatic formulas that went beyond awareness-raising and consisted of three teaching phases: awareness-raising, deep cognitive engagement, and practice. Results of the final assessment showed that 2 participants expanded their repertoires of both refusal and thanking pragmatic formulas, while the other 2 participants improved their performance in the thanking speech acts.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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