Pragmatics: Teaching Speech Acts
Pragmatics: Teaching Speech Acts

Pragmatics: Teaching Speech Acts

Classroom Practice Series


285 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $45.95 (CA $62.00) (US $45.95)

Publication Date: August 2010

ISBN 9781931185677

Price: $45.95


Language teachers have long been aware of the devastating effect of learners' grammatically correct, yet situationally inappropriate spoken or written communication. This volume addresses how to raise learner awareness of pragmatic gaffes through research-based, field-tested activities, such as composing email requests, giving advice, making workplace requests, expressing opinions, providing constructive peer-to-peer critical feedback, negotiating refusals, and collaborating through activities enabled by an online tool called Talkpoint. Teachers are given vital support in these activities through extensive worksheets, audio files, transcripts, and answer keys. The chapters in this volume provide information and activities primarily related to the realization of speech acts and the effect of different contexts on their form. The subsequent volume, Pragmatics: Teaching Natural Conversation, focuses on the role offormulas in performing speech acts and on the characteristics of longer sequences.