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Developing Sociolinguistic Competence in a Second Language
Janet Holmes and Dorothy F. Brown
Vol. 10, No. 4 (Dec., 1976), pp. 423-431
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3585523
Page Count: 9
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This paper presents and discusses some exercises designed to help the second language learner develop both receptive and productive sociolinguistic competence. The exercises stress the notion of appropriate usage and the potential differences between the sociolinguistic norms of the source and target languages; the importance of recognizing the social meaning or latent function of utterances; and the desirability of learners making an active contribution to the development of conversations.
TESOL Quarterly © 1976 Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)