The role of instruction in developing pragmatic competence in L2 Chinese

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This chapter aims to review the small body of research that investigates the effects of focused instruction and practice on the development of pragmatic competence in L2 Chinese. Following a discussion of the current understanding of pragmatic competence, the recent development of the field of L2 pragmatics instruction is reviewed and several gaps in the literature identified. A series of studies on teaching Chinese pragmatics are then summarized and discussed from the perspective of the skill acquisition theory. This chapter concludes with a discussion of pedagogical implications based on the existing empirical evidences and proposed directions for future research in this area.


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