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Lodz Papers in Pragmatics

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Editor-in-Chief: Chilton, Paul / Kopytowska, Monika

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Learning to analyse and write extended speech acts in the foreign language classroom

Sara Gesuato,
Published Online: 2012-11-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lpp-2012-0011


An approach is presented for familiarizing foreign language learners with the content and organization of extended written speech acts. It comprises awareness-raising activities (e.g. matching text segments with functional glosses, providing glosses for text segments), manipulation tasks (e.g. reconstructing texts whose functional components are provided in jumbled order) and writing tasks (e.g. drafting texts at first by following directions which specify functional components, and then by drawing on descriptions of communicative scenarios). The approach shows how explicit training in linguistic-textual strategies can enable foreign language learners to develop metalinguistic awareness (i.e. to recognise the connections between linguistic forms and functions) and to develop interactional skills (i.e. to verbally negotiate social rights and duties effectively and politely).

Keywords: speech acts; teaching of pragmatics; foreign language learning; writing skills; functional components; interactional skills

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Sara Gesuato,

Sara Gesuato is a graduate from the University of Padua and the University of California at Berkeley. She is associate professor of English in the Linguistic and Literary Studies Department at the University of Padua, where she teaches English language and English linguistics courses. Her research interests include pragmatics, genre analysis, and the syntax and semantics of the verb phrase. Her recent publications have examined the structure and wording of extended oral and written speech acts, the phraseology and content of academic genres, and the temporal and aspectual meanings of catenative motion verb constructions.

Published Online: 2012-11-01

Published in Print: 2012-11-01

Citation Information: Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 183–207, ISSN (Online) 1898-4436, ISSN (Print) 1895-6106, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lpp-2012-0011.

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