Using Sitcoms to Improve the Acquisition of Speech Acts by ‎EFL Students: Focusing on Request, Refusal, Apology, and ‎Compliment Response

Amal Ali Alerwi ‎, Amal Alzahrani

Abstract


Raising EFL students’ awareness on how to communicate appropriately using English language is very important. Thus, the aim of this research was to investigate the effect of using sitcoms to improve EFL students’ use of speech acts of request, refusal, apology, and compliment response. Sitcoms which mean situational comedy were used as the treatment in this research. Sitcoms sessions were held for three weeks, one-hour session a week. In each session, the students were exposed to targeted speech acts through the use of English sitcoms (The Big Bang Theory, Friends, and Seinfeld). The participants of this research were 18 Saudi female freshmen students. Their ages were between 19 to 25, majoring in Applied linguistic at Yanbu University College. This research was quantitative research where the data was collected using a written discourse completion test as pre-post-test and a close-ended questionnaire. The result of this research showed that the participants’ use of speech acts improved after the treatment. This result suggests that using sitcoms might help in EFL’s acquisition of speech act of request, refusal, apology, and compliment response.


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Pragmatic competence; speech act; politeness theory

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