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Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

17th International Conference on Pragmatics & Language Learning

USING QUESTIONNAIRES IN RESEARCH ON PRAGMATICS

Kenneth Rose, City University Hong Kong

Abstract

Questionnaires are by far the most common means of data collection in interlanguage pragmatics research, with the ubiquitous discourse complete task (DCT) an easy frontrunner for most-favored instrument status. Unfortunately, questionnaires such as the DCT are also among the least-understood and poorly-developed instruments used by interlanguage pragmaticians. Not an auspicious combination, to be sure. Although more researchers have begun to critically assess questionnaires and the contribution they can or cannot make to our understanding of interlanguage pragmatics, there is still a long way to go. In this workshop, I will briefly address what questionnaires are and what they can do for us, but the bulk of the session will be devoted to hands-on activities relevant for the design and development of questionnaire items foruse in research on interlanguage pragmatics.

Biography

Ken Rose received his PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His main research interests are interlanguage pragmatics and research methodology. He has co-authored/edited two books with Prof. Gabriele Kasper: Pragmatics in language teaching (2001, Cambridge University Press), and Pragmatic development in a second language (2002, Blackwell), and they are currently co-authoring a third book on the use of questionnaires in interlanguage pragmatics (Erlbaum). His work has appeared in journals such as Annual Review of Applied Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; IRAL; JALT Journal; Journal of Pragmatics; Language Learning; Language, Culture & Curriculum; Studies in Second Language Acquisition; and TESOL Quarterly, as well as a number of edited volumes. He has been in Hong Kong since 1993, and before that taught at universities in the United States and Japan.

 

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