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Title(s)Developing Pragmatic Competence Using EFL Textbooks: Focus on Requests
CreatorBarron, Anne  0000-0003-2962-7985 (Institute of English Studies (IES), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg  02w2y2t16)
AbstractLearning to request in a foreign language is a key competence within communicative language teaching. This paper examines how requests are taught using English G2000A (Cornelsen), an EFL textbook series employed in many schools in Germany. The focus of analysis is on the linguistic request strategies and request modification (pragmalinguistics) to be learned and on the contextual information provided on the use of these linguistic forms (sociopragmatics). Findings reveal that commonly employed request strategies and cognitively simple forms of modification are introduced – also in line with developmental patterns. However, it is also found that many strategies are not dealt with and that modification is only touched on. On a sociopragmatic level, a strong focus is found to exist on standard situations in which role relations are clear. Contextual constraints are generally communicated implicitly only and there is a general danger of overgeneralization. Finally, the textbook only considers cross-cultural differences in requesting to a very narrow extent. The paper closes with some recommendations.
Year of publication in PubData2024
Publishing typeParallel publication
Publication versionAccepted version
Date issued2016-03-01
Creation contextResearch
Published byMedien- und Informationszentrum, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
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Title of the resource typeLiteracy Information and Computer Education Journal
IdentifierDOI: 10.20533/licej.2040.2589.2016.0288
Publication year2016
Pages2172 - 2179
PublisherInfonomics Society
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