1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138336902
Published October 5, 2018 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Choice: Importance of face and stance  2. Facing up to difficult situations: confronting confusion  3. Impoliteness: positionality and adopting a stance   4. Hostile and aggressive situations: formulating a response   5. Pedagogy: raising awareness and stance-taking   Conclusions   Appendix 1: Questionnaire: Negative Incidents  Appendix 2. Questionnaire: Impolite / Rude Incidents  Appendix 3. Questionnaire: Hostile Incidents  References

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Gerrard Mugford is a Senior Lecturer in the Modern Languages Department at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.