HENK00042U  English, 2013 curriculum - FLA topic 12: Cross cultural pragmatics and language teaching

Volume 2017/2018

This course explores cross-cultural norms for communicative behaviour from a foreign language learning perspective: rules governing how to engage in conversation and how to express different speech acts in a polite and appropriate manner. All these conventions of communication differ across cultures and social groups and acquiring pragmatic competence to deal with communicative needs is a difficult and often frustrating task for the foreign language learner. During the course we will look at research on cross-cultural communication across different language groups and discuss developmental studies of pragmatic competence and the transferability of pragmatic skills across languages. A number of theoretical and pedagogical issues related to teaching cross-cultural norms and different proposal for a classroom methodology will be discussed.

Course material will be based on Ishihara, N. and Cohen, A.D. (2010) Teaching and Learning Pragmatics. Where Language and Culture Meet. Longman Applied Linguistics and a number of research articles.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • Total
  • 204,75