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ERIC Number: EJ945401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1072-4303
Teaching L2 Pragmatics: Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development
Vellenga, Heidi
TESL-EJ, v15 n2 Sep 2011
Teaching L2 pragmatics is often not covered in teacher education programs, and is an excellent area for continuing professional development. As part of a larger project on instructed interlanguage pragmatics, volunteer instructor participants were asked to teach a series of lessons on pragmatics to university-aged (19-23) ESL learners in ESL and EFL contexts. Instructor responses to demographic questionnaires, comments on lesson checklists and responses to mid- and post-teaching interviews show that there is value to continuing professional development (CPD) on the topic of how to teach pragmatics for teachers with a range of previous experience in a variety of contexts. Although this was not a formal program in teaching pragmatics, lesson plans served as a mini-course in teaching pragmatics that teachers recommended for future teacher training programs and planned to incorporate pragmatics into future teaching contexts. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan; Lithuania; United States