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Exploring and Assessing Pragmatic Aspects of L1 and L2 Communication : From Needs Analysis through Monitoring to Feedback

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Exploring and Assessing Pragmatic Aspects of L1 and L2 Communication : From Needs Analysis through Monitoring to Feedback

Date : 25-Jul-2018 - 27-Jul-2018
Location : Padua, Italy
Contact Person : Sara Gesuato
Meeting Email : < click here to access email >
Web Site : http://www.maldura.unipd.it/pragma-assess-2018

Linguistic Field(s) : Applied Linguistics ; Pragmatics

Call Deadline : 10-Mar-2018

Meeting Description :

Communicative effectiveness is a pragmatic skill that develops over time in a First Language (L1) and in a Second/Foreign Language (L2) – as a result of exposure to, participation in, socialisation into and/or explicit instruction in communicative-interactional practices. While ordinary language users can intuitively tell how successful a given communicative event is, language practitioners (e.g. teachers, examiners) find it much harder to objectively account for (the extent of) such success. The reason is that the perceived adequacy of discourse output does not consistently correlate with a consistent combination of formal, semantic and strategic properties across situations and groups.

Yet, becoming aware of what determines communicative effectiveness is of crucial importance in L2 learning. Indeed, besides linguistic skills, language learners need to develop pragmalinguistic, sociopragmatic and interactional competencies in the L2. As a result, an increasing number of instructors and examiners are seeking to include these competencies into their teaching/assessment agenda, addressing such issues as the use of conventional expressions, address terms, speech act strategies and formulations as well as listener response. While research has made great strides in L2 pragmatics, a still under-investigated area is, however, how research findings in this domain can be fruitfully applied to assess learners’ pragmatic skills at different levels of proficiency in various contexts.

The goal of this conference is to promote a focused reflection on the description, exploration and assessment of receptive and productive pragmatic skills across registers, text types and contexts.

Call for Papers :

The goal of this conference is to promote a focused reflection on the description, exploration and assessment of receptive and productive pragmatic skills across registers, text types and contexts.

Within this framework, we welcome contributions relevant, but not limited, to the following topics :

- Assessing pragmatic and/or metapragmatic proficiency in the L1 and L2
- Assessing pragmatic skills development in the FL classroom or in a study-abroad context
- Computer-assisted assessment of pragmatic competence
- The use of language corpora for the study of pragmatic phenomena
- Conducting cultural competence needs analysis
- Identifying and describing sociopragmatic norms in a cross-linguistic/cultural perspective
- Designing and field-testing pragmatic syllabuses
- Developing descriptors of pragmatic skills in L1 and L2
- Self- and other-perception of pragmatic adequacy
- Surveying students’ and teachers’ learning objectives in pragmatics
- Assessing pragmatic adequacy in translation
- Assessing effectiveness and adequacy in non-verbal communication
- Identifying neural correlates of pragmatic development
- Diagnosing pragmatic deficits and impairments

Interested participants are invited to submit a 400-700-word abstract (excluding references) for consideration following the guidelines specified here : http://www.maldura.unipd.it/pragma-assess-2018/call-for-abstracts.html

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