Relationship between Pragmatic Knowledge and Language Proficiency among Iranian EFL Learners

Jun 18th, 2015
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The purpose of this study was, firstly, to investigate the relationship between pragmatic knowledge and language proficiency, i.e. whether the learners with different proficiency levels perform differently in a pragmatic test or not. Secondly, the study aimed at exploring the relationship between gender and language proficiency and pragmatic knowledge. That is, the study examined whether there is any significant difference between the performance of males & females regarding their pragmatic knowledge and language proficiency. 120 university students including 60 freshmen and 60 seniors majoring in English Translation from Bandar Abbas Azad University were selected randomly. The participants were placed in the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels based on the results of the proficiency (TOEFL) test. Then, a pragmatic competence test (MDCT) was used to determine the extent of participants' pragmatic knowledge. The calculated data were analyzed through a combination of descriptive an

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FULL 002On the Relationship between Pragmatic Knowledge and LanguageProficiency among Iranian EFL LearnersAtieh Farashaiyan*R.Sahragard**Atieh_farashaiyan@yahooBandar Abbas Islamic Azad UniversityABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was, firstly, to investigate the relationshipbetween pragmatic knowledge and language proficiency, i.e. whether thelearners with different proficiency levels perform differently in a pragmatic testor not. Secondly, the study aimed at exploring the relationship between genderand language proficiency and pragmatic knowledge. That is, the study examinedwhether there is any significant difference between the performance of males &females regarding their pragmatic knowledge and language proficiency.120 university students including 60 freshmen and 60 seniors majoring inEnglish Translation from Bandar Abbas Azad University were selectedrandomly. The participants were placed in the beginning, intermediate andadvanced levels based on the results of the proficiency (TOEFL) test. Then, apragmatic competence test (MDCT) was used to determine the extent ofparticipants' pragmatic knowledge. The calculated data were analyzed through acombination of descriptive and inferential statistics.The findings of the study obtained through statistical analyses indicatedthat a) there was no significant relationship between pragmatic knowledge andlanguage proficiency. In other words, the learners with different proficiencylevels did not perform diff

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