Selected Papers from “Pragmatics in the CJK Classroom” Published and Available Online

The Center for Japanese Studies, the National Resource Center East Asia, and the National Foreign Language Resource Center announced a jointly sponsored online publication: “Selected Papers from Pragmatics in the CJK Classroom: the State of the Art”, edited by Dina R. Yoshimi and Haidan Wang.

This volume presents 10 selected papers from the forum held from June 5 to June 7, 2006, at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The papers are representative of the many outstanding contributions to the field of L2 pragmatics that were presented at the gathering. The papers are also representative of the diverse range of research interests and pedagogical issues taken up by the conference presenters. The publication can be accessed at:

This publication presents research results and instructional innovations pertaining to teaching and learning the pragmatics of Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, and Korean as foreign languages. Topics covered include the development of pragmatic competence by children and college-age students in foreign and second language settings, pragmatics-focused instruction on the mixed use of speech styles in JFL and KFL classrooms, as well as the explicit instruction of requests and of telling stories of personal experience to lower level JFL learners; the use of “aizuchi” by intermediate and advanced JFL learners in classroom and office hour settings; cross-linguistic comparisons of the speech act of apology and ofleave-taking practices designed to inform CFL instruction for English-speaking learners; and designing pragmatics-focused CFL instructional activities for business professionals in a China-focused MBA program. The articles in the volume include:

Table of Contents

Unlocking the promise of pragmatics
Dina R. Yoshimi, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Quantitative and qualitative analyses of students’ views on the storytelling project
Yukie Aida, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching the polite and the deferential speech levels, using media materials: Advanced KFL classroom settings
Andrew Sangpil Byon, University at Albany, State University of New York

“Love you” doesn’t mean “I love you”: Just a way to say goodbye
The nature of leave-taking and its pragmatic applications in Mandarin Chinese
Jin-huei Enya Dai, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Aizuchi responses in JFL classrooms: Teacher input and learner use
Yukiko Abe Hatasa, Hiroshima University

Developing understanding of how the desu/masu and plain forms express one’s stance
Kazutoh Ishida, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Becoming a good conversationalist: Pragmatic development of JFL learners
Tomoko Iwai, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

The development of pragmatic competence in children learning Japanese as a second language
Kimberly Jones, University of Arizona

What do JFL learners want to do in Japanese in Japan?: A case study of learners in college-level study abroad programs
Naoko Nemoto, Mount Holyoke College

JFL learners’ pragmatic development and classroom interaction examined from a language socialization perspective
Yumiko Tateyama, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

The elements of the business Chinese curriculum: A pragmatic approach
Haidan Wang, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Production and perception of apologies: Interlanguage pragmatics of British learners of Mandarin Chinese
Catherine Hua Xiang, University of Bristol