The use of language learning strategies to improve students’ pragmatic competence: A case study of EFL learners at the intensive language teaching centre
Ould Si Bouziane Sabria
The growth of English and its further implementation in various domains have become more and more vital in Algeria. Learners are highly interested in the English language and its use effectively and appropriately. Thus, the ability to use English adeptly is essential if language learners are to achieve communicative competence to develop pragmatic competence. Many researchers have tended to heed largely on the teaching of pragmatics rather than on how students acquire pragmatic competence. Its importance has been increasingly carried out, but a few researches on how to achieve it have been done. For this reason, this study investigates students’ use of language learning strategies (LLSs) to improve pragmatic competence and to enhance the learning of English as a foreign language as well. It aims also at raising learners’ awareness of the importance of pragmatic knowledge and LLSs for classroom instruction. To carry out this investigation, a sample of 10 pre-intermediate, 10 intermediate and 10 advanced learners was taken. To collect data, a questionnaire was given to students in which, they are asked to fulfil the LLSs they think are necessary to improve their pragmatic competence. The results showed that applying LLSs, namely, direct strategies could help them achieve communicative competence and hence become pragmatically competent learners.
Ould Si Bouziane Sabria. The use of language learning strategies to improve students’ pragmatic competence: A case study of EFL learners at the intensive language teaching centre. International Journal of Advanced Education and Research, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2018, Pages 19-21