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On Communicative Pragmatic Failure of English Learners—Take Honghe University as an Example

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Qing Chen

Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, Yunnan, China.

*Corresponding author: Qing Chen


A large number of English learners aware that one of the important purposes of learning English is to communicate. However, communication acquires speakers not only employing grammatically correct sentences, but also speaking English appropriately in specific context. On the basis of relevant knowledge about pragmatic failure, the thesis aims to help English learners understand their current level of pragmatic competence and improve their competence to adapt pragmatic context. After observing conversations between English learners in the English corner for several times, the author made a questionnaire for them. This research found that English learners in Honghe University frequently commit pragmatic failure, and the rate of pragmatic failure varies from grade to grade. The pragmatic failure of different speech acts is different. This paper reveals causes of pragmatic failure for English learners, including negative transfer, different culture and improper teaching methods. This thesis aims to provide reference for English learners who want to improve pragmatic competence.


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On Communicative Pragmatic Failure of English Learners—Take Honghe University as an Example

How to cite this paper: Qing Chen. (2023) On Communicative Pragmatic Failure of English Learners—Take Honghe University as an Example. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science7(8), 1625-1629.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2023.08.027

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