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Topic of the Week:

Teaching Pragmatics for the Novice Linguist
Jan 14, 2019

By Stephanie Knight, CASLS Assistant Director

Ishihara and Cohen (2010) offer a nice summary of the field of pragmatics in the subtitle to their book, “Teaching and Learning Pragmatics: Where Language and Culture Meet.” One one hand, this subtitle supports a rhetoric that is common in language teaching circles - that language and culture are inextricably intertwined. On the other hand, however, truly engaging learners in understanding "where language a...Read more







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