Cross-cultural Pragmatics: Speech acts in English as a foreign language

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Goal
The goals of this class are to (1) familiarize TESOL students with the form and function of common speech acts in English (2) help students become aware of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural differences regarding speech acts (3) give students the opportunity to use English in a meaningful way to communicate with peers from other countries.
Method
Students will be asked to write down their responses to a number of situations that elicit the use of common speech acts such as requests, apologies, complaints  in English and in their native language. The responses will be compared with standard responses from native speakers of English, as presented in the literature,  and form  the basis for cross-linguistic and cross-cultural comparison and discussion.
Target
Students in the Teacher Training Course at Otaru University of Commerce (OUC). Although OUC is a business school it offers students interested in a career as English teachers the chance to obtain a TESOL certificate.  This class is part of the curriculum for the course. It is a small class of about 10 students. The students’ English proficiency varies in unpredictable ways. Listening and speaking skills are likely to be more problematic than reading and writing skills.

Study programme: 
Students in the Teacher Training Course at Otaru University of Commerce (OUC).
Number of students: 
10
Preferred start date of exchange: 
Mon, 16/10/2017

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