Assessment in teaching L2 Pragmatics

Akbaş E. , Çakır C.

in: Pragmatics and Language Teaching, Şeyda Selen Çimen,Betül Bal-Gezegin, Editor, Pegem, Ankara, pp.249-273, 2021

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publisher: Pegem
  • City: Ankara
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-273
  • Editors: Şeyda Selen Çimen,Betül Bal-Gezegin, Editor


This chapter basically deals with the aspects of L2 pragmatics we could assess and how we could do it. In order to discuss the L2 pragmatics assessment, we first zoom in on pragmatics as part of semiotic trichotomy and emphasize its relation with syntax and semantics to a greater extent. Following this, we mainly focus on aspects of pragmatics that teachers could assess since it could be hard to attempt to assess every component of pragmatics, which has a relatively wide scope in foreign language teaching contexts and differs from other skills or aspects of language. To do this, two consecutive sections compare and contrast a range of issues with respect to the (a) traditional and (b) technology-oriented means of assessing L2 pragmatics. Following the concluding remarks with regards to the assessment of L2 pragmatics, we present a sample lesson plan about teaching the speech act of ‘agreeing-disagreeing’ at the end of the chapter. With the help of this sample plan, we believe that we provide the readers of this chapter with an example about how to integrate a pragmatics-related component into their classroom as well as potential materials and activities while teaching it.