Yokohama JALT:

Cross-cultural Pragmatics and Communicative Competence

Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2012 Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Megumi Kawate-Mierzejewska

This seminar aims to raise participants' awareness of cross-cultural pragmatic norms. A variety of speech acts will be explored such as apologizing, requesting, and refusing, to focus on the mismatches and inconsistencies in these acts between English and Japanese. Moreover, the seminar will focus on cross-cultural and intra-cultural misunderstandings, and the appropriate expressions/strategies of politeness. Lastly, it will introduce ways to teach pragmatics through consciousness-raising tasks, and how such activities address student motivation to learn.

Organization: Yokohama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Yokohama JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen

Venue: Kanagawa University (map and directions)

Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan


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