Small Talk: Pragmatics Lessons for College English Language Learners

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Reiko Takeda, Aoyama Gakuin University


Small talk in the workplace by nonnative English speakers has been widely researched; however, small talk by English language learners (ELLs) in a school context remains an underexplored area. This paper introduces the implementation of pilot lessons on small talk to Japanese college students enrolled in an intermediate conversation class. The focus is on pragmatics-based activities that include ways for students to develop their sociopragmatic awareness.


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