Speech acts are an important and integral part of day-to-day life in all languages. In language acquisition, the need to teach speech acts in a target language has been demonstrated in studies conducted in the field of interlanguage pragmatics which indicate that the performance of speech acts may differ considerably from culture to culture, thus creating communication difficulties in cross-cultural encounters. Considering these concerns, the aim of this volume is two-fold: to deal with those theoretical approaches that inform the process of learning speech acts in particular contextual and cultural settings; and, secondly, to present a variety of methodological proposals, grounded on research-based ideas, for the teaching of the major speech acts in second/foreign language classrooms. This volume is a valuable theoretical and practical resource not only for researchers, teachers and students interested in speech act learning/teaching but also for textbook writers wishing to have an informed opinion on the pedagogical implications derived from research on speech act performance.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. List of contributors; 3. Preface; 4. Section I. Theoretical groundings; 5. Pragmatics and speech act performance (by Martinez-Flor, Alicia); 6. Section II. Empirical foundations; 7. The effect of individual-level variables on speech act performance (by Kuriscak, Lisa M.); 8. Data collection methods in speech act performance: DCTs, role plays, and verbal reports (by Felix-Brasdefer, J. Cesar); 9. Conversation analysis and speech act performance (by Gonzalez-Lloret, Marta); 10. Culture and its effect on speech act performance (by Meier, Ardith J.); 11. Study abroad and its effect on speech act performance (by Schauer, Gila A.); 12. Speech act performance in workplace settings (by Yates, Lynda); 13. The effect of pragmatic instruction on speech act performance (by Takahashi, Satomi); 14. Section III. Methodological innovations; 15. Apologies: Raising learners' cross-cultural awareness (by Kondo, Sachiko); 16. Complaints: How to gripe and establish rapport (by Boxer, Diana); 17. Compliments and responses to compliments: Learning communication in context (by Ishihara, Noriko); 18. Disagreement: How to disagree agreeably (by Malamed, Lewis H.); 19. Refusals: How to develop appropriate refusal strategies (by Eslami, Zohreh R.); 20. Requests: A sociopragmatic approach (by Uso-Juan, Esther); 21. Suggestions: How social norms affect pragmatic behaviour (by Martinez-Flor, Alicia); 22. Index