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Palgrave Macmillan

Assessing Second Language Pragmatics

ISBN 9781137003515
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Advances in Language and Linguistics

This volume is the first book-length collection of studies on the assessment of pragmatic competencies in a second or foreign language. Grounded in theoretical perspectives on communicative and interactional competencies, the first section of the book examines the reception and production of speech acts through a variety of assessment methods and a range of quantitative and qualitative analyses. The second section investigates interviewer and candidate interaction in different forms of oral proficiency interview.

Steven J. Ross is Professor of Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, USA.

Gabriele Kasper is Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA.

1. Assessing Second Language Pragmatics: Theoretical Perspectives; Gabriele Kasper and Steven J. Ross
Introduction to Part I; Steven J. Ross
2. Testing Implicature under Operational Conditions; Carsten Roever
3. A Video-Based Method of Assessing Pragmatic Awareness; John Rylander, Phillip Clark an Richard Derrah
4. Item Difficulty and Heritage Language Learner Status in Pragmatic Tests for Korean as a Foreign Language; Soo Jung Youn and James Dean Brown
5. Teacher-based Assessment of L2 Japanese Pragmatics: Classroom Applications; Noriko Ishihara
6. Investigating the Construct Validity of a Role-Play Test Designed to Measure Grammatical and Pragmatic Knowledge at Multiple Proficiency Levels; Kirby Grabowski
7. Interfaces between a Discourse Completion Test and a Conversation-Analysis-Informed Test of L2 Pragmatic Competence; F. Scott Walters
Introduction to Part II; Gabriele Kasper
8. Oral Proficiency Interviews as Varieties of Interaction; Paul Seedhouse
9. The Development of Extended Turns and Storytelling in the Japanese OPI; Waka Tominaga
10. Third Position Repair as a Practice for Task Management in Oral Proficiency Interviews; Gabriele Kasper
11. Pursuing a Relevant Response in OPI Role Plays; Yusuke Okada and Tim Greer
12. The Situation with Complication as a Site for Strategic Competence; Steven J. Ross and Stephen P. O'Connell
13. Interactional Competence and the Dynamic Assessment of L2 Pragmatic Abilities; Rémi A. van Compernolle

James Dean ('JD') Brown, University of Hawai'i at Manoa and National Foreign Languages Resource Center, Hawaii, USA
Phillip Clark, Temple University, USA
Rick Derrah, Temple University, USA
Kirby Grabowski, Columbia University, USA
Tim Greer, Kobe University, Japan
Noriko Ishihara, Hosei University, Japan
Gabriele Kasper, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA
Stephen O'Connell, University of Maryland, USA
Yusuke Okada, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Carsten Roever, University of Melbourne, Australia
Steven J. Ross, University of Maryland, USA
John Rylander, Temple University, USA
Paul Seedhouse, Newcastle University, UK
Waka Tominaga, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Soo Jung Youn, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA
Rémi A. van Compernolle, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
F. Scott Walters, Southern Connecticut State University, USA


"This is a timely and well-organized collection that will be of interest to students and scholars of applied linguistics, SLA, language assessment, and pragmatics. The editors are well known and respected in their fields and they have assembled a stable of distinguished contributors to share the latest research on the assessment of pragmatic competence in a second language." - Richard F. Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
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