SPEECH ACTS IN FILMS
Speech Acts in Films is a site where students of Mandarin Chinese learn to examine, understand, and practice social language through the medium of film. The primary audience of the materials are low-advanced and advanced learners who completed approximately two years of language instruction. The materials have been developed for blended-learning environments, but can also be used for self-study, or as supplemental materials in traditional instructional settings.
Speech acts are typically considered to be utterances with a performative function in a communicative situation. Which means a person utters something in order to do something or in order to have an effect on somebody. Common speech acts include asking, apologizing, explaining, discussing, greeting, ordering, persuading and many more. Proficiency in another language includes knowledge of speech acts.
In the materials on this site, we developed exercises, activities, explanations and worksheet for learners to practice speech acts through the content of four rich and entertaining Chinese films. Among other objectives, students will learn how to:
We hope you find this site useful. Your feedback and your suggestions are encouraged.
This site was developed by Dr. Xuehua Xiang (University of Chicago-Illinois) as part of the 2010-2014 program of the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER ) at The Pennsylvania State University, a national Language Resource Center (LRC) (Grant #P229A100012) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents of this site does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research I The Pennsylvania State University
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