Pragmatic Competence: how can it be developed in the foreign language classroom?

Carla de Aquino


This paper aims at bringing into account the possibility of developing pragmatic competence with students in the foreign language classroom. It also considers features of the task-based approach, a method of language teaching, which would enable pragmatic awareness raise. It suggests that it is possible to give a pragmatic focus to language learning through task-based materials in order to help learners develop culture-specific pragmatic features, due to common aspects between pragmatic competence development and methodology based on tasks.


pragmatic competence; task-based approach; language teaching

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