English, 2013 curriculum - FLA topic 12: Cross cultural pragmatics and language teaching

Course content

This course explores cross-cultural norms for communicative behaviour from a foreign language learning perspective: rules governing how to engage in conversation and how to express different speech acts in a polite and appropriate manner. All these conventions of communication differ across cultures and social groups and acquiring pragmatic competence to deal with communicative needs is a difficult and often frustrating task for the foreign language learner. During the course we will look at research on cross-cultural communication across different language groups and discuss developmental studies of pragmatic competence and the transferability of pragmatic skills across languages. A number of theoretical and pedagogical issues related to teaching cross-cultural norms and different proposal for a classroom methodology will be discussed.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

Course material will be based on Ishihara, N. and Cohen, A.D. (2010) Teaching and Learning Pragmatics. Where Language and Culture Meet. Longman Applied Linguistics and a number of research articles.

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1A + 1B, Free Topic 2A + 2B, Free Topic 3A + 3B and Free Topic 4A with Written Proficiency in English or Free Topic A with Written Proficiency in English.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75