Pragmatic Competence and the Challenge of Speech Expression and Precision

Date of Award


Degree Name

M.A. in English


Department of English


Advisor: Jennifer Haan

Second Advisor

Advisor: Andrew Slade

Third Advisor

Advisor: Bryan Bardine


With the increasing advancements in communication technology and the acceleration of globalization, English is becoming a de-facto world-wide standard for language. It is not just grammar, spelling and diction that determine successful communication between intercultural speakers. The social awareness aspect, or what is referred to as pragmatic competence, of communication can be just as important. Without a solid understanding of pragmatics, a non-native speakers of English may encounter professional failure in their future. The primary objective of this research was to investigate the significance of ways that students learning English as a second language, develop pragmatic awareness. A second objective was to recommend teaching activities that could enhance that development, enabling second language learners to discern cultural and contextual meaning in real-life situations outside the classroom. This will help to further develop linguistic skills and instill confidence to students.


English As A Second Language, pragmatic competence, speech expression and precision, theoretical framework for learning pragmatics, grammar and pragmatics, teaching pragmatics, improving pragmatics, the use of technology

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