1st Edition

Developing Cross-Cultural Relational Ability in Foreign Language Learning Asset-Based Pedagogy to Enhance Pragmatic Competence

By Gerrard Mugford Copyright 2022
    174 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    By reconceptualizing successful communication in a foreign language as an enjoyable and uplifting experience, this volume moves beyond a focus on grammatical accuracy and fluency to foreground the ways in which foreign language learners can be encouraged to build on previous achievements and communicative successes in the target language and so develop confidence, commitment and cross-cultural relational ability. 

    Building on Mugford’s previous volume, Addressing Difficult Situations in Foreign-Language Learning (2019), this text draws on grounded qualitative data collected through questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and conversations with Spanish-speaking learners of English, to illustrate how learners’ experiences and insights can be used to inform a productive pedagogy centred around language users’ communicative objectives and interactional successes. Chapters highlight bilingual speakers’ conscious language use, practices and choices in the target language and the reasons and implications for such deliberate communicative practices and relational behaviour. In doing so, Mugford is able to outline a critical relational pedagogy designed to better equip language learners with the confidence and pragmatic resources they require to engage in positive cross-cultural relational work. 

    As a valuable, student-centred contribution to teaching and learning of modern foreign languages, this volume will be key reading for researchers, scholars and educators with an interest in language education, TESOL, World Language teaching and Applied Linguistics.


    Chapter 1: Introduction – Second-language relational pragmatics 

    Chapter 2: Cross-cultural relational ability: Interactive and interpersonal assets

    Chapter 3: Identifying pragmatic choice: Interpersonal achievement and celebration 

    Chapter 4: Relational aims: Legitimacy, intelligibility and interactional balance

    Chapter 5: Relational decision-making: Standing up for oneself

    Chapter 6: Towards an asset-based pedagogy to enhance pragmatic competence


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