International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Delving into Speech Act of Suggestion: A Case of Iranian EFL Learners
Reza Pishghadam, Maryam Sharafadini

This study intends to investigate how Iranian EFL learners utilize suggestion speech act. To this end, 150 Iranian English learners took part in this research and completed a DCT (Discourse Completion Task) consisting of 6 situations in which learners’ suggestion act was explored. Percentage and Chi-square were employed to analyze the data. The findings were compared with those of Jiang (2006) in order to find out the similarities and differences between Persian and English suggestion strategies. The study results indicated discrepancy in three types of suggestion samples between natives and non-natives. Moreover, gender and language proficiency were found to play a significant role in the production of suggestion strategies. Finally, the results were discussed in the context of language learning and teaching.

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