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What is Speech Acts

Comparative Research on Diversity in Virtual Learning: Eastern vs. Western Perspectives
The expressions or utterances performed by EFL learners in oral communication such as apology, refusal, thanking, etc.
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Pragmatic Competence Development in Virtual Environments in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Higher Education in Palestine
Mona M. Shalhoub (Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-3595-3.ch003
Abstract
This chapter presents a study that investigated the perceptions of English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' pragmatic competence development in virtual environments in higher education in Palestine for the academic year 2020- 2021 in light of COVID-19 pandemic. For this purpose, a mixed-methods approach was employed using a questionnaire, role-play, and semi-structured interview. Seventy-five undergraduate EFL learners from four universities participated in this study. Results of the quantitative phase revealed positive perceptions of EFL learners towards pragmatic competence development in virtual environments, with the majority of responses falling under the categories of agree or strongly agree. Responses to the role-play activity demonstrated that there were differences in the pragmatic aspects EFL learners employed in favor of females, particularly in the richness of linguistic resources and level of politeness. EFL learners acknowledged the importance of pragmatic competence as a means to successful communication and emphasized its teachability in formal instruction.
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Using Computer-Mediated Communication and Virtual Instruction to Develop L2 Pragmatic Ability: The Speech Act of Making Suggestions
Routines that individuals adopt to perform certain language functions, for example, making requests, thanking, expressing agreement, and extending invitations.
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Assessing Pragmatic Skills in Speech Act Production and Perception
Interpersonal-transactional actions performed (almost) exclusively through language (e.g., thanking, offering, apologising, requesting).
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ChatGPT's Perception of Context and Speech Acts: Potentials and Limitations
A linguistic theory developed by Searle (1969) which emphasizes that utterances can be used for manipulating the hearer and getting a specific response from the hearer.
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