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The Functional Competence of EFL Learners

Pavičić Takač, Višnja; Bagarić Medve, Vesna
The Functional Competence of EFL Learners // English Studies from Archives to Prospects: Volume 2 - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics / Zovko Dinković, Irena ; Mihaljević Djigunović, Jelena (ur.).
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. str. 234-253

The Functional Competence of EFL Learners

Pavičić Takač, Višnja ; Bagarić Medve, Vesna

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Poglavlja u knjigama, znanstveni

English Studies from Archives to Prospects: Volume 2 - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Zovko Dinković, Irena ; Mihaljević Djigunović, Jelena

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Newcastle upon Tyne


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Functional competence, English learners

Various' authors attempts to define the notion and scope of functional competence as a component of communicative language competence indicate the uncertainty in theoretical understanding of functional compentence. Either is this competence seen as subcomponent of some other competence, usually pragmatic competence (cf. Bachman i Palmer 1996, 2010 ; CEFR 2001) or its componential elements are viewed as parts of several different competences, notably sociolinguistic, sociocultural, discourse and interactional competence (cf. Celce-Murcia, Dörnyei i Thurrell, 1995., Celce-Murcia 2007.). Such different conceptualizations of functional competence might have led to underrepresentation of empirical works dedicated to the examination of functional competence of foreign language learners. By focusing on the specific macro- and microfunctions as well as interactional schemata, this paper analyses functional competence of English foreign language lerners at A2 and B1 level. The primary goal is to describe how learners at a particular level use spoken discourse in interaction with the purpose to infer some developmental characteristics of English learners with Croatian as a mother tongue. A total of 40 students were involved in the study, including 20 grade 8 students from 5 primary schools and 20 grade 4 students from 4 secondary high schools. The data were collected by means of a speaking standardized test aimed at measuring the communicative language competence of learners of English at levels A2 and B1. In accordance with CEFR, the following two criteria were used to evaluate the level of learners functional competence: fluency and propositional precision. The data were further analyesed qualitatively and quantitativly using appropriate statistical procedures. The results revealed that the functional competence of English learners corresponds to targeted levels, but that its particular elements are underdeveloped. The results are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical implications.

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Filozofski fakultet, Osijek