Speech Acts and Politeness: A Case Study on Indonesian EFL Learners in Teaching and Learning Practice

  • Hajjah Zulianti STKIP PGRI Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
  • Eva Nurchurifiani STKIP PGRI Bandar Lampung, Indonesia


This research is intended to know the kinds and classification of speech acts and the politeness implication in teaching and learning activities. The subject of this research was the sixth-semester EFL learners of STKIP PGRI Bandar Lampung. The object of this research was speech acts used by EFL learners. The researcher used the observation technique combined with noting technique in collecting the data. In this research, the researcher used the qualitative multiple study. The result of the study showed that speech acts used by EFL learners were direct and indirect speech acts. The speech acts were classified into the assertive, commissive, directive, and expressive. The politeness strategy acted by EFL learning included positive and negative politeness. The use of positive politeness creates a closeness among the teacher and the students, creates a pleasant classroom atmosphere, and increases the students’ motivation. Meanwhile, the use of negative politeness reduces amount degree of friendliness among the students and the teacher and creates a formal learning situation. Theoretically, this research has implications for the development of scientific insights about pragmatics, especially speech acts, and practically it gives implication to EFL teachers and students in understanding, analyzing, and interpreting the use of speech acts in communication.




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How to Cite
ZULIANTI, Hajjah; NURCHURIFIANI, Eva. Speech Acts and Politeness: A Case Study on Indonesian EFL Learners in Teaching and Learning Practice. Pedagogy : Journal of English Language Teaching, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 59-75, june 2021. ISSN 2580-1473. Available at: <https://e-journal.metrouniv.ac.id/index.php/pedagogy/article/view/2479>. Date accessed: 18 sep. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.32332/joelt.v9i1.2479.

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