In this chapter, I overview current research issues in L2 pragmatic learning, instruction, and assessment. The chapter begins by discussing how pragmatic competence has been conceptualized under various theoretical and analytical frameworks and then examines the recent development of data collection methods in pragmatics research focusing on how pragmatic competence has been operationalized. Two example studies are discussed to illustrate the distinct data collection and analytical approaches in L2 pragmatics research. Along with the conceptual and methodological issues, the chapter offers a survey of research issues in pragmatic learning, instruction, and assessment, in each case synthesizing the research findings available across diverse contexts focusing on current research.


Second language pragmatics Discourse completion tasks Role-plays Conversation analysis 


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