Addressing Difficult Situations in Foreign-Language Learning: Confusion, Impoliteness, and Hostility

1st Edition

Gerrard Mugford

Published October 5, 2018
Reference - 198 Pages
ISBN 9781138336902 - CAT# K393766
Series: Routledge Research in Language Education


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This book examines a neglected area of foreign-language teaching and learning: difficult and aggressive situations. The author presents the real-life experiences of language users and analyses how these individuals have dealt with confusion, impoliteness and hostility in target-language contexts in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and within their home country. By constructing a student-centred pedagogical model around the data collected, the author considers the choices available to language learners in difficult situations, as well as tools for language learners to develop pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic resources.

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