‘The Relationship between Iranian EFL Learners’ Language Proficiency and Pragmatic Competence’ by Bahman Hamidi & Mohammadreza Khodareza

Abstract

Many scholars put emphasis on the mutual effect of pragmatic competence and language proficiency in conducting a healthy communication such as Hoffman-Hicks (1999) that claimed linguistic proficiency is a prerequisite to pragmatic competence though it does not guarantee pragmatic competence. Also Thomas (1983) supported that a lower-level grammar leads to the misinterpretation of speech acts among L2 learners. This study aimed to find out the relationship between pragmatic competence of Iranian EFL learners and their language proficiency. To this purpose, sixty-five participants attended the study including 25 males and 40 females who had been homogenized through Oxford Placement Test. To measure learners’ pragmatic competence, Roever’s (2005) questionnaire was used. The Spearman Rank-Order correlation test was run to calculate the relationship between pragmatic competence and language proficiency. The result of the study showed that language proficiency plays a significant role in Iranian EFL learners’ pragmatic competence.

Key words: Iranian EFL learners, language proficiency, pragmatic competence.

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