Our recent presentation at the state TexTESOL was a blast! Here’s a link to the handout: Aligning OC & Pragmatics. We talked about pragmatics, grammar, vocabulary, and lexicogrammatical chunks. We laughed a lot too.
The audience role-played two colleagues meeting for dinner at a TESOL conference, under slightly uncomfortable circumstances. Lots of great one-liners came out of that: I can’t talk about that! It is what it is. What a day!
Teachers can use the handout to create their own activities to focus students’ attention on different pragmatic elements in real-world conversations. There are also role-play rubrics and activities for the classroom. Please let us know if you try these out with your students. We’d love to hear about your experiences.
– Alice & Colin