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Agreement and Disagreement in Conversational Discourse and ESL/EFL Materials

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Title: Agreement and Disagreement in Conversational Discourse and ESL/EFL Materials
Authors: Pearson, Eloise
Issue Date: 1984
Abstract: Some ESL/EFL notional/functional materials claim that they are presenting English as it is spoken by native speakers in informal social and/or business exchanges. The speech function, agreement/disagreement, is an important function for learners to acquire, but are they, in fact, acquiring this fuction (or any function) as native-speakers use it? An empirical investigation into the nature of agreement/disagreement as it appears in naturally occurring, adult, native speaker conversation was carried out to determine the validity of such claims. Agreement/disagreement occurring in the conversational data was analyzed, defined and classified. The findings were then compared with two ESL/EFL notional/functional textbook treatments of the same function. This paper describes the sources of the data base, defines and classifies agreement/disagreement as found in that data, and presents the results of the comparison of those findings with the two textbooks. It concludes with the implications this type of research has for both the ESL/EFL teacher and material writer.
Pages/Duration: 20 pages
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