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IJAL 2011, 14(2): 145-171 Back to browse issues page
Noticing Request-Realization Forms in Implicit Pragmatic Input: Impacts of Motivation and Language Proficiency
Zia Tajeddin , Saman Ebadi
Allameh Tabataba’i University
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This study explored EFL learners’ pragmalinguistic awareness in processing implicit pragmatic input and the extent to which their awareness of the target features was related to motivation and proficiency. It was carried out in an EFL context to explore the roles of these two variables, particularly intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, in noticing bi-clausal request forms in implicit pragmatic input. The participants in this research were 121 advanced EFL learners from a language center, participating as members of intact classes. All participants took a proficiency test and completed a motivation questionnaire in order to explore the factorial structure of motivation. Then, out of them, 35 learners were randomly selected to form the treatment group. They then took part in a noticing-the-gap activity as a treatment task. The degree of learners' awareness of the target pragmalingustic features was assessed through a respective awareness questionnaire administrated immediately after the treatment. However, the current study shows that EFL students are rather extrinsically motivated and instrumentally oriented to notice pragmalinguistic features, which is incompatible with what Takahashi reported on students’ intrinsic orientation to notice pragmaliguistics in the Japanese EFL context. This suggests that learners in different contexts have different motivational dispositions to pragmalinguistic awareness.
Keywords: Attention, Noticing, Proficiency, Motivation, Pragmalinguistic features, Bi-clausal request forms
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Published: 2011/09/15
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Tajeddin Z, Ebadi S. Noticing Request-Realization Forms in Implicit Pragmatic Input: Impacts of Motivation and Language Proficiency. IJAL. 2011; 14 (2) :145-171
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Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics
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