Pragmatic Competence Through Discourse Analysis

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Ian Hurrell, University of Birmingham


This exploratory study evaluated the effectiveness of an experimental course designed to train EFL students from Japanese universities in specially adapted discourse analysis techniques. Questionnaires and individual interviews were used to investigate the extent to which the course would influence the participants’ ability to appreciate pragmatic meaning in authentic communication and motivation to use authentic materials to learn English. It was found that the course deepened the participants’ appreciation of pragmatic influences on authentic communication as well as appreciably increasing their motivation to use authentic materials to learn English. These findings have several implications for the future of pragmatic language teaching.