Making a Request for a Service in Spanish: Pragmatic Development in the Study Abroad Setting
Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2010
© 2010 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 160–175, Spring 2010
How to Cite
Bataller, R. (2010), Making a Request for a Service in Spanish: Pragmatic Development in the Study Abroad Setting. Foreign Language Annals, 43: 160–175. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2010.01065.x
- Issue online: 24 MAR 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2010
- interlanguage pragmatic development;
- requests for a service;
- second language acquisition;
- Spanish pragmatics;
- study abroad
Abstract: This study addresses the development of the request strategies used in two service encounter scenarios by 31 nonnative speakers of Spanish spending 4 months living and studying in Valencia, Spain. The main method of data collection was an open role-play in which participants interacted with a Spanish native speaker. Results show that while there were some aspects of the learners' request production that changed after the study abroad experience, there were other aspects that remained unaffected. Knowing which aspects from the nonnative speakers' request production are acquired and which ones are not after a student has been immersed in the target culture for 4 months is relevant to informing second language acquisition, specifically the field of interlanguage pragmatics in the study abroad setting.