ERIC Number: EJ1172578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing Conceptual Understanding of Sarcasm in L2 English through Explicit Instruction
Kim, Jiyun; Lantolf, James P.
Language Teaching Research, v22 n2 p208-229 Mar 2018
This article reports on a pedagogical project aimed at helping second language (L2) learners of English develop the ability to detect and appropriately interpret spoken sarcasm. The study used a pre- and posttest procedure to assess the development of learners' ability to both detect sarcasm and impute appropriate speaker intentions and attitudes conveyed through sarcastic utterances as result of a 10-week instructional program. The study also used interviews to gauge changes in learners' conceptual understanding of English sarcasm. Beyond improving learners' ability in the L2, a side effect of the project was that learners reported an enhanced awareness of the use and functions of sarcasm in their first language (L1), Korean.
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Native Language, Korean, Language Usage, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pretests Posttests, Negative Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Speech Communication, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Advanced Students, Foreign Countries, Focus Groups, Instructional Effectiveness, College Students, Video Technology, Web Sites, Scoring, Native Speakers, Evaluators, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea