Current tests of pragmatic competence – for example, the Discourse Completion Test – only assess learners’ explicit knowledge (i.e. their ability to behave appropriately when making conscious effort). I will argue that we need tests that can distinguish learners’ implicit pragmatic knowledge (i.e. their ability to use the L2 appropriately online and without deliberation) from their explicit knowledge and begin by explaining the difference between these two types of knowledge. I will then describe and provide examples of tests of English designed to measure them. These tests include a Role Play Test, an Oral Elicited Imitation Test, an Irony Test, and a Meta-pragmatic Knowledge Test. Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to try out some of the tests for themselves and to comment on them.
Assessing Pragmatic Competence
人物 Rod Ellis
时间 09:30 - 11:00
语言 英语 English
Rod Ellis is a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). His published works include articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His books include Understanding Second Language Acquisition (BAAL Prize 1986) and The Study of Second Language Acquisition (Duke of Edinburgh prize 1995), Task-Based Learning and Teaching (2003), and Analyzing Learner Language (2005). His recent publications include Language Teaching Research and Language Pedagogy (2012), Exploring Language Pedagogy through Second Language Acquisition Research (2014), a second edition of Understanding Second Language Acquisition (2015) and Reflections on Task-based Language Teaching (2018). He is currently on the editorial board of five prestigious international journals. Prof. Ellis was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2013.