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ERIC Number: EJ818505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
"Appropriateness" in Foreign Language Acquisition and Use: Some Theoretical, Methodological and Ethical Considerations
Dewaele, Jean-Marc
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v46 n3 p245-265 Sep 2008
In this contribution, I focus on the concept of "appropriateness" in the usage, the learning and the teaching of foreign languages. Using a participant-based emic perspective, I investigate multilinguals' perceptions of appropriateness in their foreign languages. Referring to the existing literature, and using previously unpublished material collected through a web questionnaire (Dewaele and Pavlenko 2001-2003), I will show that multilinguals develop their judgements of appropriateness, a crucial aspect of sociopragmatic and sociocultural competence, as part of their socialisation in a new language/culture. However, their ability to judge appropriateness accurately does not imply that they will always act "appropriately". Indeed, the presence of conflicting norms in their other languages may contribute to conscious or unconscious divergence from the "appropriate" norm in a particular language. Some implications for foreign language teaching will be considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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