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Query Details

Query Subject:   Written Discourse Completion Test
Author:   Maryam Esmaeili
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   Editor's Note: The URL in this submission may be broken onto 2 lines.
Please take care to ensure that you have copied and pasted the entire
URL into your browser window.


We are working on a topic regarding interlanguage pragmatics
assessment for my thesis. My research question is "whether the
Written Discourse Completion Test (WDCT) and the accompanying
multidimensional scoring system constructed and developed in my
study are valid and reliable to assess EFL learners' pragmatic
competence to produce L2 speech acts of apology, request, and

In fact, WDCT is a kind of test measuring one's pragmatic competence
and is known in the pragmatics realm. This one is prepared by myself
to see if it really measures one's pragmatic competence. For this
purpose we need English native speakers as participants. Those who
would like to participate, can find the questionnaire at an online survey.
If you are willing to cooperate, please kindly see the link:


All participants will remain anonymous and no personal information
beyond 1.) age and 2.) gender will be collected.

It won't take too much of your time, and it will provide us with priceless
information crucial for the completion of our investigation. We will be
infinitely grateful if you participate in this project by filling out this
questionnaire and sending it to us as soon as possible. Thanks in

Maryam Esmaeili
MA, Shahrekord University
Iran, Shahrekord
LL Issue: 22.2135
Date posted: 19-May-2011


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