Pragmatics, perceptions and strategies in Chinese college English learning.

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This study by Yifeng Yuan investigated Chinese College English students' perceptions of pragmatics, their pragmatic competence in selected speech acts, strategies they employed in acquiring pragmatic knowledge, and their general approach to learning English as a foreign language. As the first systematic study of how Chinese College English students learned pragmatics, the research provided a solid empirical base for developing a tentative model for the learning of pragmatics in a College English classroom in China and similar educational contexts. The model was strengthened by a unique combination of theories of pragmatics, intercultural communication and ELF. Findings from this research provided insights into how Chinese College English students perceived pragmatics in the English as foreign language (EFL) curriculum, the processes of learning, as well as strategies they utilise in developing linguistic and pragmatic knowledge and competence.

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Prof Kathy Mills Co-Supervisor

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