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Can pragmatic competence be taught?
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This paper, given as a plenary at the 1997 TESOL Convention, explores the 'teachability' of pragmatic ability in a second or foreign language. It is demonstrated that some aspects of pragmatic competence are not acquired without pedagogic intervention. Classroom-based research of instruction in different pragmatic aspects provides strong support for the teachability of pragmatic ability. Suggestions for consciousness-raising activities and communicative practice are offered, and the goals of pragmatic learning in language education are reconsidered.

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Acquisition of Italian grammatical gender: L2 learners
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This study investigated the sensitivity to gender cues exhibited by L2 learners of Italian. The participants were 64 students in first- and second-year Italian classes at the university level. Three tests were given to ascertain the students' ability to assign gender based on morphophonological, syntactic, and semantic cues. Results showed that the students were sensitive to cues in the word-final phonemes that reliably indicate gender, and implicational scaling demonstrated a clear order of difficulty among these endings. The students exhibited a low degree of awareness of the gender associations of certain derivational suffixes. When dealing with more than one cue, the students had no difficulty assigning gender when the cues were in accord, while coping with conflicting cues was more problematic. Nonetheless, in the majority of the cases, the students were able to use syntactic cues to override contradictory cues in the noun endings. While as a group, the students were reliant on a syntactic strategy, the implicational scaling performed on the results revealed the presence of subgroups following different strategies, i.e., morphophonological or semantic. Clear scales of difficulty among the various combinations of cue types also emerged.

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2004 selected papers from the NFLRC symposium: Distance Education, Distributed Learning and Language Instruction
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These eight papers were presented at the Distance Education, Distributed Learning, and Language Instruction Symposium held July 27-30, 2004 at the University of Hawai'i National Foreign Language Resource Center. The Symposium brought together educators to present and discuss innovative models of distance and distributed learning programs in foreign languages and in foreign language teacher education.

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