|Improving Learners´ Pragmatic competence in German as a Foreign Language: Introducing unique features of discourse in social networks
|VOLTROVÁ, M. Improving Learners´ Pragmatic competence in German as a Foreign Language: Introducing unique features of discourse in social networks. In: E-learning: Unlocking the Gate to Education around the Globe. Praha: Centre for Higher Education Studies, 2019. s. 79-87. ISBN 978-80-86302-85-0.
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|Many applied linguistic studies have been carried out in the area of social media. Among other issues, they point out the advantages of using these online communication tools (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) in foreign language teaching. The media support students’ motivation; they allow communication outside of the class etc. However, they can also serve as a valuable source of authentic language use. Discourse observed in social media communication (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) bears unique linguistic features different from those in other discourse communities. The study, building e.g. on a study of the language of advertising in social media, uses Speech Act Theory to analyze and describes these characteristics. It identifies specific lexical and syntactic features, and pragmatic language use typical to social media and online communication in German and compares these to print texts. Consequently, it argues for the use of social media in German as a foreign language classes where it can serve as a source of authentic and meaningful language use. It claims learners of German as a foreign language need to be introduced to online discourse and its features in order to become competent users of the language in the 21st century. It further argues that exposing students to the language of authentic online communication, rather than artificially created texts, enriches traditional ways of foreign language teaching and provides learners with valuable language learning experiences.
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