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Title:
TEACHERS' PRACTICES ON RAISING STUDENTS' PRAGMATIC AWARENESS: CHALLENGES AND REFLECTIONS FOR EFL TEACHERS

Authors:
Getari Adyagarini, Lies Amin Lestari and Ahmad Munir

Abstract:
The need for integrating pragmatic awareness-raising into the lesson has long been highlighted in the field of language teaching professional. EFL learners are required to poses adequate and conscious knowledge including various pragmatic rules in the target language. Since in EFL context like Indonesia, TL exposure is limited only in the classroom, the teachers carries significant role to set strategies for effective pragmatic awareness-raising activities. Therefore, this study attempted to explore to what extent EFL teachers in Indonesia raise students' pragmatic awareness in their practices, the obstacles, and their reflection on their own practices. This study is conducted through qualitative research with two English teachers taken as participants. The findings of this study revealed that the teachers used explicit pragmatic instruction and pragmatic-awareness raising activities encompassing pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic area such as WDCT, analyzing and practicing appropriate linguistic choices, identifying politeness/directness in utterances and idiomatic expressions, role-playing, and debate. Based on the finding, students' lack of ability in determining pragma-linguistic strategies and TL pragmatic exposures hinder the process of the pragmatic awareness-raising. Therefore, the teachers still pay careful attention to their grammar and vocabulary coverage. The result of this study also indicates that EFL teachers in Indonesia are aware of the importance of pragmatic awareness. Despite the fact that some pragmatic awareness-raising tasks they employed still have drawbacks, they have attempted to align their perceptions and beliefs into practice.

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