Teaching Pragmatics to English as Another Language Learners for the Workplace: The Interview

This research project developed a pedagogical tool to facilitate effective intercultural communication in the workplace.

To support English as Another language (EAL) learners’ need to improve performance in job interviews.

Lessons learned

Pragmatic instruction can benefit the likelihood of communicative success in the workplace. (See research paper and link to CMLR article to be published.)


Pragmatics in the Workplace: The Job Interview

A project report submitted to the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Published articles

Other project information
Project time frame September 2008 to December 2009
Project team
  • Kerry J. Louw
  • Dr. Tracey M. Derwing
  • Dr. Marilyn L. Abbott
Key project activities

Research and Dissemination

Target audience

English in the Workplace (EWP) facilitators, English as a Second Language (ESL/EAL) instructors, immigrants needing career preparation skills, companies needing workforce development, researchers interested in intercultural communication and pragmatic difficulties

Number of people Involved in Project

10 people including:

  • 3 researchers
  • 4 job candidates
  • 3 job interviewers