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ERIC Number: EJ1180081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0192-401X
Incidental Instruction of English Oral Request Pragmatics: Why and How
Myers, Liatris
ORTESOL Journal, v35 p17-26 2018
Second language pragmatics are not easily acquired by second language learners for a variety of reasons including negative first language transfer, insufficient grammatical competence, and inadequate instruction. For adult learners living in the second language environment, adequate pragmatic knowledge is essential even for beginning level learners in order for them to be able to have positive interactions with speakers of the second language. Unfortunately, ESL curricula may not prioritize pragmatic skills or allow much time for extracurricular instruction. However, incidental instruction is one way to address this problem. This article suggests a number of ways that teachers can integrate English oral request pragmatics instruction into their interactions with learners: using various methods for responding to learners, integrating requests into classroom procedures, highlighting naturally occurring requests, inserting brief materials-light lessons, and connecting with course curriculum. Multiple approaches are suitable for every language level.
Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. PO Box 15148, Portland, OR 97293. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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