Semester of Graduation

Spring 2019


Master of Arts (MA)


Foreign Languages and Literatures

Document Type



This pragmatic and pedagogical investigation analyzes six university level Spanish second language textbooks (L2Ts) used in the classroom setting. The materials used in this investigation include three beginning level textbooks Dicho y Hecho (2012), Experience Spanish (2012), and Puntos de Partida (2012), and three intermediate level textbooks ¡Avance! (2008), Conexiones (2010), and Interacciones (2013). The purpose of this investigation is to closely examine if the L2Ts communicatively present the speech acts of requesting, refusing, and apologizing, and address forms, with sufficient pragmatic context for the L2 learner to acquire native-like production. The results have shown that the speech acts under study and address forms are included within the L2Ts a majority of the time, but little no metapragmatic information regarding their strategic use is included in the explanations, examples, or activities to provide native-like production of typical native speakers.

Committee Chair

King, Jeremy

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