Title: The Effect of Pragmatics Instruction on the Development of English Students’ Writing Skills: Pilot Research Results
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Žaneta Voldánová, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Since English is widely used for international communication, not only in the spoken but also in the written form, the importance of acquiring an appropriate level of writing skills in order to communicate properly is undeniable. Pragmatics instruction on various concepts, such as politeness, formality, explicitness and implicitness, and practising these concepts have the potential to help EFL students improve their writing skills with regard to the addressee and the whole given context. The presentation aims to summarise the results of the pilot research conducted in the EFL classroom in the Primary school teacher training study programme with the purpose of revealing what effect pragmatics instruction has on the development of EFL students’ writing skills as well as to discover the students’ attitude towards pragmatics instruction and writing. The conclusions drawn from the data collected in the pilot research, in which the method of quasi-experiment was used, indicate that the application of pragmatics instruction contributes to the development of students’ writing skills and that the students themselves acknowledge this development and have a generally positive attitude towards pragmatics instruction.
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