International Journal of Language Learning and Applied Linguistics World

(IJLLALW)

Volume 6 (4), August 2014; 549-556                                                                              Mahdavian, E., & Shahrokhi, M

EISSN: 2289-2737 & ISSN: 2289-3245                                                                                                     www.iiUalw.ora

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE PRESENTATION OF
REQUEST SPEECH ACT STRATEGIES IN IRANIAN HIGH
SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS (I, II, III) AND TOP NOTCH SERIES
(FUNDAMENTAL 1 & 2, 1A & B)

Elham Mahdavian

Department of English, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran
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Mohsen Shahrokhi (Corresponding Author)

English Department, Faculty of Humanities, Shahreza Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan,

Iran

ABSTRACT

The present study was an attempt to compare the use of request speech act strategies presented in Iranian high school textbooks (I, II, III) and Top Notch Series (Fundamental 1&2,1A&B) which are quite popular in Iranian high schools and institutions. To this end, speech acts of request in the language functions and conversations of these two series were analyzed to find out how they were presented on the basis of the framework of Blum-Kulka, House, and Kasper (1989). The request strategies identified in the textbooks were classified into three different categories of Direct, Conventionally Indirect, and Non-conventionally Indirect strategies. The results indicated the type of present speech acts as well as their frequency use in the two series under investigation. In addition, the researcher concluded that the number of speech act strategies in Top Notch books is almost 1.5 times more than in high school textbooks. Since high school English textbooks in Iran are not communicatively oriented, the researcher concluded that these books cannot develop the pragmatic competence in the language learners or students as much as required

KEYWORDS: Request Speech Act, Pragmatics competence, ELT Materials

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