From the Virtual World to the Real World: A Model of Pragmatics Instruction for Study Abroad by ProQuest

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									Foreign Language Annals Á vol. 43, No. 1                                                    105




       From the Virtual World to the Real
       World: A Model of Pragmatics
       Instruction for Study Abroad
       Rachel L. Shively
       Illinois State University


       Abstract: With its focus on the use of language forms in cultural context, the study
       of pragmatics can be a valuable component in a program that prepares students to learn
       both language and culture in study abroad. The goal of the present study is to propose a
       model for pragmatic instruction in study abroad that fosters both intercultural compe-
       tence and language skills, is informed by research and practice, and takes advantage of
       the affordances that an immersion environment and new technologies offer. The article
       provides an overview of the pertinent research, discusses the pedagogical implications of
       an ethnographic research project on the acquisition of Spanish pragmatics in study
       abroad, and presents a model for pragmatic instruction in the study abroad context.

       Key words: intercultural competence, pedagogical intervention, pragmatic develop-
       ment, second language acquisition, study abroad

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