IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(4): 250-256 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2015.1.4.48

A Pragmatic Study on College EFL Teachers’ and Students’ Requesting Behaviors in the Classrooms

Chiung-Chiuen Chen and David S. D. Tseng
Abstract—Many of the studies on L2 requesting behaviors have focused on L2 speakers’ uses of request strategy types, lacking of explorations of various and complex pragmatic functions of requests. This study examined college EFL teachers’ and students’ requesting behaviors from a pragmatic perspective. Five teachers from different universities in Taiwan were invited to participate in the study. The study found that all teachers and students made direct and indirect requests and performed various pragmatic functions of requests. In direct requests, the teachers tended to use the imperative and locution derivable type, and in indirect requests, the query preparatory type. The students tended to use the locution derivable and query preparatory type. In pragmatic functions, all teachers made requests for information, confirmation, clarification, offer, control, advice, attention, ability, speculation, encouragement, and attention. The students made requests for clarification, want/need, permission, desire/wish, suggestion, help, curiosity, confirmation, offer, and advice. This study is of significance to provide a comprehensive understanding of the teachers’ and students’ language uses of requests as well as their performance of pragmatic functions in requests in the EFL classroom. Based upon the findings of the study, some pedagogical implications and suggestions are made.

Index Terms—Requesting behavior, teacher request, student request, pragmatic functions of requests.

Chiung-Chiuen Chen is with National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan (e-mail: brendaa@ms3.hinet.net).
David S. D. Tseng is with Providence University, Taiwan. He was with National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan (e-mail: sdtseng@gmail.com).

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Cite:Chiung-Chiuen Chen and David S. D. Tseng, "A Pragmatic Study on College EFL Teachers’ and Students’ Requesting Behaviors in the Classrooms," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 250-256, 2015.

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