Pragmatics: Teaching Speech Acts

TESOL’s Classroom Practice Series

Donna H. Tatsuki and Noël R. Houck, Editors

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface

CHAPTER 1: Pragmatics From Research to Practice: Teaching Speech Acts
Donna H. Tatsuki and Noël R. Houck

CHAPTER 2: Misunderstandings: Pragmatic Glitches and Misfires 
Virginia LoCastro 

Part I: Requests

CHAPTER 3: It's 8 O'clock in the Morning—Are You Watching Television? Teaching Indirect Requests
Zohreh R. Eslami and Kent D. McLeod

CHAPTER 4: I Want You to Help Me: Learning to Soften English Requests 
Carol Rinnert and Chiaki Iwai

CHAPTER 5: Requesting a Letter of Recommendation: Teaching Students to Write E-Mail Requests 
Kumiko Akikawa and Noriko Ishihara

CHAPTER 6: Soften Up! Successful Requests in the Workplace 
Lynda Yates and Jacky Springall 

Part II: Indirect Acts

CHAPTER 7: Teacher, You Should Lose Some Weight: Advice Giving in English 
Noël R. Houck and John Fujimori

CHAPTER 8: Moving Beyond "In My Opinion": Teaching the Complexities of Expressing Opinion
Kristin Bouton, Katy Curry, and Lawrence Bouton 

CHAPTER 9: Teaching Constructive Critical Feedback
Thi Thuy Minh Nguyen and Helen Basturkmen

CHAPTER 10: Indirect Complaints as a Conversational Strategy 
Dana Saito-Stehberger

Part III: Responding Acts

CHAPTER 11: I'm Sorry—Can I Think About It? The Negotiation of Refusals in Academic and Nonacademic Contexts
J. César Félix-Brasdefer and Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig

CHAPTER 12: They Made Me an Invitation I Couldn't Refuse: Teaching Refusal Strategies for Invitations
Emma Archer

CHAPTER 13: Online Collaboration for Pragmatic Development—Talkpoint Project
Emi Yamanaka and Kenneth Fordyce 

Part IV: Assessment

CHAPTER 14: Assessing Learners' Pragmatic Ability in the Classroom
Noriko Ishihara