British Council ELTRA

Modern Languages & Linguistics

External funding received from the British Council to investigate a project titled, ‘Embedding ICT to teach and assess the pragmatic targets of refusals and disagreements in spoken English‘. This project is in collaboration with a university in Mexico.

This study employs innovative virtual role plays to enhance an explicit instructional period to help international learners develop their pragmatic competence, defined as “the ability to communicate and interpret meaning in social interactions” (Taguchi, 2011, p. 289). Specifically, the study focuses on developing Mexican learners’ ability to produce pragmatically-appropriate refusals and disagreements in spoken English, which are relatively under-explored interlanguage features and have been reported to differ amongst Spanish and English first language speakers

Virtual role plays for language learning