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Teaching Pragmatics in the EFL classroom. Why and How?

This session by Svetlana Gritsenko took place at the online Future of English Language Teaching Conference (FOELT), organised by Trinity College London and Regent’s University London. You can learn more about the annual event at trinitycollege.com/FOELT.


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This presentation will explore the significance of teaching pragmatics and indirect speech acts in the ESL classroom. The focus will be on the importance of equipping students with the necessary language skills to navigate social interactions in English effectively. I will share a variety of activities that can be used to teach pragmatic language use in context, including role-playing, discussions, and analysis of authentic materials.


In addition, the participants will be provided with a range of ready-to-use resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, and authentic materials, that can be adapted and used in their own classrooms. These resources will enable participants to teach and reinforce pragmatic language use and indirect speech acts with their students.


By the end of the session, participants will leave with a range of practical tools and strategies that they can immediately apply in their own teaching practice; they will have a better understanding of how to incorporate pragmatics into their language teaching practice and how to create engaging and effective lessons to teach these important language skills to their students.

About the presenter

The presenter, Svetlana Gritsenko lives in Spain and works as the Director of Studies. After obtaining a degree in English Philology she immersed herself in the world of teaching English as a foreign language. For over 5 years, Svetlana taught kids and teenagers at the private academy called English First. In 2019 she completed a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Rovira and Virgili in Tarragona. In 2020 Svetlana was awarded first prize in the John McDowell Awards for her Final Master's Thesis which was held in Barcelona.



Topics: Teacher Education, The Future of English Language Teaching Conference, FOELT 2023


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