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ERIC Number: EJ1214139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1307-4733
An Investigation into the Request Realization Patterns of Turkish ELT Students
Karagöz, Tuba; Isisag, Korkut Uluç
Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language), v13 n1 p84-102 2019
This study aimed to identify the request strategies of senior ELT students and gain insight on their pragmatic competence in speech acts of requests. The study was conducted at a state university in Turkey, and 120 students (93 female and 27 male) participated. Mixed model research was adopted, so the present study benefits from both qualitative and quantitative methods. Firstly, the qualitative data were collected through a discourse completion test, prepared by the researchers. In addition, a rating scale was designed to rate the appropriateness of the students' requests. Later, the quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and the qualitative data were analyzed based on the coding manual used within the Crosscultural Speech Act Realization Project (Blum-Kulka, House, & Kasper, 1989). The results of the study indicated that ELT students tended to prefer conventional indirect request strategies except in one situation where they requested of a higher-status interlocutor rather than of an equal status one. That is, they appeared to have more difficulty requesting of a higher-status interlocutor appropriately or politely.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey