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ERIC Number: EJ1385510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1017-7108
EISSN: EISSN-2671-9312
Perceptions of L1 and L2 Speakers on Task Difficulty of Pragmatic Tasks
Kim, Hyunjoo
English Teaching, v78 n1 p25-61 Spr 2023
In L2 pragmatics, only a few studies have examined task complexity. Furthermore, the existing studies have predominantly focused on the cognitive dimension and have lacked consistent findings. González-Lloret and Ortega (2018) and Pallotti (2019) have thereby contended that socio-interactional features be incorporated into task design. Along this line, this study investigated perceptions of L1 and L2 speakers of English regarding the difficulty of four role-play tasks with differentiated degrees of (dis)preference and imposition. Participants included 33 L1 speakers and 63 Korean L2 speakers at intermediate-level (n = 32) and high-level (n = 31). Results showed that participants' perceived difficulty matched the design intentions exclusively affected by request size, responsibility for the problem, and persuasion across complex versions of the tasks. Moreover, the linguistic consequences of such factors entailed challenges among L2 speakers. There were also various factors that emerged for task difficulty other than the manipulated task design features, underscoring the importance of participants' explanatory comments in L2 pragmatics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English for International Communication; Test of English as a Foreign Language
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