Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 2(7), pp. 504 - 511
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2014.020702
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The Effect of Explicit Metapragmatic Instruction on Request Speech Act Awareness of Intermediate EFL Students at Institute Level


Fatemeh Abdollahizadeh Masouleh 1,*, Masoumeh Arjmandi 2, Fereydoon Vahdany 3
1 Department of English Language, Guilan Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Guilan, Iran
2 Department of English Language, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Guilan, Iran
3 Department of English Language, Payame Noor University, Rasht, Guilan, Iran

ABSTRACT

This study deals with the application of the pragmatics research to EFL teaching. The need for language learners to utilize a form of speech acts such as request which involves a series of strategies was significance of the study. Although defining different speech acts has been established since 1960s, recently there has been a shift towards empirical studies which focus on perception and production of various speech acts by EFL or ESL learners. The present article reveals the researcher’s interest in a set of strategies in which native speakers of target language use for performing speech activities. The study intended to enhance EFL learners’ awareness of request speech act by teaching the materials used for speech acts. To achieve the aim, the teacher used some sorts of educational activities such as teacher-fronted discussions; role plays, cooperative grouping, and other pragmatically oriented tasks were used to increase the learning of speech acts. Discourse Completion Test was developed as a pretest and posttest to measure the effects of instruction on the pragmatic awareness of the students. The results revealed a significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores of the use of request speech act in experimental group.

KEYWORDS
Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Metapragmatic, Speech Act, Request

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Fatemeh Abdollahizadeh Masouleh , Masoumeh Arjmandi , Fereydoon Vahdany , "The Effect of Explicit Metapragmatic Instruction on Request Speech Act Awareness of Intermediate EFL Students at Institute Level," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 2, No. 7, pp. 504 - 511, 2014. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2014.020702.

(b). APA Format:
Fatemeh Abdollahizadeh Masouleh , Masoumeh Arjmandi , Fereydoon Vahdany , (2014). The Effect of Explicit Metapragmatic Instruction on Request Speech Act Awareness of Intermediate EFL Students at Institute Level. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2(7), 504 - 511. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2014.020702.