‘The Significance of Pragmatics in English Language Teaching’ by Amin Alinezhad

Abstract

This paper demonstrates that pragmatics should be viewed as a branch of linguistics and its significant role in English as a second language. In pragmatics, meaning in communication has an important role and it can be categorized into two ele-ments such as verbal and nonverbal. It depends on various contexts, relationship between utterers, and social factors. Nowadays English plays a key role in the world and it is known as an international language which enables people to connect all around the world and English can be called as a global language because it is helpful in the processes of globalization. As English has played an indispensable role in global communication, it is essential for English language users, both native and non-native, to use clear, comprehensible and educated English that allows smooth communication and avoids misunder-standings in social interactions. Hence, pragmatic competence can facilitate language users to successfully achieve their communicative aims in intercultural communication. Consequently, pragmatic elements have noticeable roles in communication between speakers because such elements can hinder inaccuracies and misunderstandings during communication. Teachers should teach pragmatic competence in second language English classes through different activities and tasks.

Index Terms: pragmatics, pragmatics competence, English language teaching, language competencies.

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