Pragmatic competence in the listening paper of the Certificate of Proficiency in English
Keywords:pragmatics, competence, peformace, relevance, speech acts.
This article is based on a monograph which aimed at justifying the importance of developing pragmatic awareness-raising activities in the EFL classroom. I addressed the notion of pragmatic competence and described how it can affect linguistic performance. I analysed the listening and speaking components of a British proficiency test called “Certificate of Proficiency in English” by the University of Cambridge. In this article, I will describe the findings from the listening paper. The analysis was grounded on the Code and Inferential Models of Verbal Communication and the Relevance Principle by Sperber and Wilson (1986) and the Speech Act Theory by Searle (1979). The results provide an insight on the inferential abilities and pragmatic knowledge to be developed or explicitly taught in the EFL classroom.
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