Course outline_ENG606_Pragmatics In Language Teaching

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Title:                    Pragmatics In Language Teaching 

Course code:       ENG606

No. of credits:      3 credits

 

1. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course provides learners with an awareness of linguistic communication in the setting of an English classroom. The focus of the course is concerned with pragmatics, which involves understanding meaning in interaction and the ability to develop the competence in teaching, learning, and assessment. This entails that, besides the application to instructional contexts, learners will garner those bits of information contributing to successful communication through the two main channels – receptive skills and productive ones. Although the highlights of the course are connected much with meaning in interaction, some other contributories such as logic, language, and culture will come into play throughout discussions of those issues concerning interlanguage pragmatics.

2. COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To discuss (a) what successful linguistic communication is and (b) how successful communication works (i.e. the core areas of pragmatics)
  • To explore issues of learning (e.g. interlanguage pragmatics) and  approaches to teaching and testing pragmatics in the language classroom
  • To develop critical analyses of the problems related to learning, teaching, and assessing pragmatics in the classroom
  • To raise awareness of self-monitoring those issues regarding understanding core aspects of pragmatics and tactics dealing with interlanguage pragmatics

3. TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

  • Pragmatics: Basic notions
  • Deixis – Reference & Inference
  • Presupposition & Entailment
  • Cooperation & Implicature
  • Speech acts & Speech events
  • Politeness & Interaction
  • Discourse structure & Culture
  • Classroom Pragmatic Development;
  • Interlanguage Pragmatics
  • Pragmatics: Teaching & Learning issues
  • Pragmatics: Testing and Curriculum development

4. MATERIALS

4.1. Required textbooks

  • LoCastro, V. (2012). Pragmatics for Language Educators: A Sociolinguistic Perspective. New York & London: Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Soler, E. A. & Martinez-Flor, A. (eds.) (2008). Investigating Pragmatics in Foreign Languge Learning, Teaching, and Testing. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Yule, G. (1996). Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press

4.2. Reference materials

  • Kroeger, P. R. (2019). Analyzing Meaning: An introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics. Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Grundy, P. (2000) Doing Pragmatics. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Websites/ Softwares

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1     Midterm (50%)

  • Three problem sets (30%)
  • Group Presentations (20%)

5.2     Final (50%)

  • Paper of max 5,000 words

6. STUDENT WORKLOAD

  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods

 
 
 
 
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