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Sorour, Nourhan – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2018
Proficiency in second language (L2) has traditionally been linked to grammatical competence. However, as opposed to common misconceptions about language learning, to be proficient in a second language does not only entail the ability to produce grammatically correct sentences, but it also entails the ability to use this language appropriately. The…
Descriptors: Grammar, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Yuan, Yifeng; Tangen, Donna; Mills, Kathy A.; Lidstone, John – TESL-EJ, 2015
This paper reports the findings of a study investigating Chinese English language learners' perceptions of pragmatics in the EFL learning context in China. A total of 237 Chinese EFL first--year university students participated in the study. A questionnaire and focus group interviews were used to collect data about learners' pragmatics insights…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics
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Rafieyan, Vahid – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2016
National cultural distance is considered to be a strong predictor of language learners' pragmatic competence. To test the actual effect of national cultural distance on pragmatic competence holistically and comprehension and production aspects of pragmatic competence discretely, the current study was conducted on two groups of undergraduate…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Cultural Differences, Multivariate Analysis, Undergraduate Students
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Perovic, Alexandra; Wexler, Ken – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study investigates the knowledge of binding in 21 English-speaking children with SLI, aged 6;08-16;05, compared to 21 children with WS, language- and age-matched, and 21 language-matched control children, aged 4-7;10. Our results demonstrate no difficulties in the interpretation of reflexive or personal pronouns in SLI, revealing an intact…
Descriptors: Speech Impairments, Language Impairments, Genetic Disorders, Children
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Sykes, Julie M.; Cohen, Andrew D. – Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2016
Explicit instruction in strategies for interlanguage pragmatic learning is fundamental to the development of a comprehensive set of pragmatic abilities in the target language. In this article, we begin by providing an overview of previous work in the area of language learner strategies directed at the teaching and learning of pragmatics. We then…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Pragmatics, Interlanguage, Second Language Learning
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Wyner, Lauren – Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, 2014
Pragmatic competence is as an essential aspect of communicative competence. Does environment have an effect on developing pragmatic competence? Do levels of pragmatic competence differ between English as a second language (ESL) and English as a foreign language (EFL) students? Most studies have shown greater pragmatic awareness among ESL students…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Individual Differences
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Rafieyan, Vahid – Journal of Education and Practice, 2016
To develop target language pragmatic competence, language learners' attention must be directed toward not only linguistic but also pragmatic aspect of the target language expressions (Schmidt, 2001). Thus, some sorts of pragmatic awareness-raising instruction, using either explicit "Focus on Forms" or implicit "Focus on Form"…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Teaching Methods, Linguistic Competence, Undergraduate Students
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MacRoy-Higgins, Michelle; Kliment, Sarah – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2017
This study analyzed spontaneous language samples of three-year-olds with a history of expressive language delay (late talkers) and age-matched controls using Dore's Conversational Acts analysis (1978) and Mean Length of Utterance (MLU; Brown, 1973). Differences were observed between groups in utterances classified as organizational device and…
Descriptors: Communication Disorders, Followup Studies, Expressive Language, Delayed Speech
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Wyner, Lauren; Cohen, Andrew D. – Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2015
The aims of this paper are to review research literature on the role that the second language (L2) and foreign language (FL) environments actually play in the development of learners' target language (TL) pragmatic ability, and also to speculate as to the extent to which individual factors can offset the advantages that learners may have by being…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Pragmatics, Transfer of Training, Learning Motivation
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Taguchi, Naoko – Language Teaching, 2015
This paper brings together the research and developments of instructed pragmatics over the past three decades by reporting the synthesis findings of instructional intervention studies in interlanguage pragmatics. Two questions have guided this investigation: (1) is instruction effective in learning pragmatics?; and (2) what methods are most…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Online Searching
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Kecskes, Istvan – International Journal of Multilingualism, 2015
This paper aims to discuss how the emerging new language with its own developing socio-cultural foundation affects the existing L1-governed knowledge and pragmatic competence of "adult sequential bilinguals." It is assumed that these bilinguals already have an L1-governed pragmatic competence at place, which will be adjusted to…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Interpersonal Competence, Social Environment, Native Language
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Rodas, Naomi V.; Eisenhower, Abbey; Blacher, Jan – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2017
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at heightened risk for developing comorbid psychological disorders, including anxiety disorders, which may be further exacerbated by the presence of externalizing behaviors. Here, we examined how structural language and pragmatic language predicted anxiety and externalizing behaviors. Participants…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, At Risk Persons, Comorbidity
Tajeddin, Zia; Moghadam, Amir Zand – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
The aim of this pioneering study was to define and describe motivation for the acquisition of interlanguage pragmatic competence. Interlanguage pragmatic motivation was investigated from two perspectives: (1) general pragmatic motivation, displaying L2 learners' motivation to acquire pragmatic strategies, pragmatic routines, politeness strategies,…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Familiarity, Interlanguage, Speech Acts
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Yang, Li – L2 Journal, 2017
This study investigated whether the effects of pragmatics instruction delivered via a self-access website in a Chinese as a foreign language learning environment vary according to learners' language proficiency. The website provided learners with explicit instruction in how to express gratitude appropriately in Chinese and offered them pragmatic…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Chinese, Web Sites, Pragmatics
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Taguchi, Naoko; Li, Shuai – Language Teaching, 2019
Recent development in L2 pragmatics research in a study abroad context has witnessed an emerging line of studies investigating the joint influences of contextual and individual learner factors on second language (L2) pragmatic development. This paper argues for the replication of two representative quantitative studies in this new research…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Research
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