Festival of Teaching, Festival of NATE: Proceedings of the 20th NATE-Russia International Conference, Voronezh, April 23-26, 2014
Conference Proceedings report findings presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia held in Voronezh in April, 2014.
The proceedings might be useful for English language teachers working at different levels - from University to kindergarten, linguists, interpreters and translators, as well as students and postgraduates majoring in EFL, linguistics and cultural studies.
The report presents the results of research into the speech act of invitation performed in English discourse. The analysis focuses on the language means of expressing an invitation in different communicative situations, special emphasis being placed on the communicative strategy of distancing which is used with the aim of softening unambiguous invitations. The empiric material for our investigation was selected from authentic works of English-speaking writers of the 21-st century, to be more precise, from the novels by Joan Rowling and Richelle Mead. The research is conducted within the framework of communicative linguistics, the theory of speech acts and pragmalinguistics.
The report is devoted to a particular aspect of ESP, namely teaching public speaking skills to students of non-linguistic humanities. It is argued that such skills can and must be taught for the sake of students' future success in their professionally oriented public speaking, and that such teaching must rely on and proceed from the phonetics of the language. The key issue under consideration here is how, while teaching the English language, to teach the English speech in its broadest sense, relying on the concepts of the pronunciation standard and articulation basis. Special emphasis is put on some cutting-edge practical teaching techniques as well as on the purposeful rhetorical use of phonetic properties of the language.