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Benefits and Challenges of Teaching Pragmatic Competence in EFL/ESL Classrooms

A literature review Thesis

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Transcript of Benefits and Challenges of Teaching Pragmatic Competence in EFL/ESL Classrooms



What is Pragmatic Competence?

The Origin of Pragmatic Competence

The Relationship between Pragmatic Competence and Language Teaching

Challenges of Teaching of Pragmatic Competence in Language Classrooms

Benefits Pragmatic Competence can Provide in Teaching and Language Learning


What is Pragmatics?
According to Yule (1996), pragmatics involves four different manifestations of meaning.
1. The study of speaker meaning.

2. The study of contextual meaning.

3. A matter of communication rather than producing words and sentences.

4. The study of the expression of relative distance.
What is Pragmatic Competence?
One piece of language proficiency or communicative competence that conveys meaning in a context. It portrays an image in the minds of two interlocutors that may or may not be identical during communication because of the diversity of cultural knowledge across the world.
Perspectives of Pragmatic Competence
1. Sociolinguistic Knowledge-

and Swain

2. Pragmatic Competence-

3. Actional Knowledge -
Celce-Murcia et al.

4. Pragmatic Knowledge-
Bachman and Palmer
Thank You
Benefits and Challenges of Teaching Pragmatic Competence in EFL/ESL Classrooms
Faeza Salih
A Literature Review Thesis
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
the MA in TESL/TEFL Graduate Program
December 2014
The Origin of Pragmatic Competence
Celce-Murica et al.'s model of communicative competence ( as cited in Aksoyalp, 2009)
Areas of language knowledge (Bachman and Palmer, 1996, as cited in Bagari´c & Djigunovi´c, 2007).
Bachman's model of communicative competence (Aksoyalp, 2009, p. 29).
Pragmatic competence

Challenges of Teaching Pragmatic Competence

Benefits of Teaching Pragmatic Competence
Recommendations for Teaching Pragmatic Competence
1. Understanding the context.

2. Reliable instruction.

3. teacher- fronted classroom discourse.

4. Modeling objectivity.

5. Reinforcing communication

6. Cultural awareness

7. Using appropriate text materials.

Multiple meanings

Classroom climate

Text materials

Cultural context

Limitation of figures of speech
Multimedia Digital Technology

Video Games
What is the relationship between Pragmatic Competence and Language teaching
Pragmatic Competence
Discourse Competence
Functional Knowledge
Sociolinguistic Competence
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