Inappropriate presentation of communicative functions in middle school English textbooks
- Inappropriate presentation of communicative functions in middle school English textbooks
- textbook analysis/speech acts/communicative functions; textbook analysis/speech acts/communicative functions; 교과서분석/화행/의사소통기능
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- Foreign Languages Education, v.21, no.4, pp.1 - 27
- This study investigates whether model dialogues in currently availablemiddle school English textbooks present appropriate pragmatic input inthe realization of speech acts or communicative functions with a focuson the authenticity of the textbook dialogues. To attain this purpose, atotal of 18 textbooks were scrutinized in terms of communicativefunctions. The results showed that many of the textbook dialogues aredevoid of adequate treatment of speech acts or communicativefunctions. The poor representation was evident in a wide array ofcommunicative functions such as requesting/favor-asking, thanking,inviting, encouraging, complaining, responding to complaints, expressingsympathy, expressing surprise, refusing and responding to refusals.
The misrepresented functions were largely due to the lack ofsensitivity to situational constraints, interlocutor variables, and/orformality. Some cases were ascribed to pragmatic transfer from thenative language. This study will contribute to the improvement of thecurrently available textbooks so that they can provide authentic speechact input.
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