An Article Review on “The Use of Politeness Strategies in the Classroom Context by English University Students"

  • Rohandi Yusuf Al-Wathaniyah High School, Perawang, Indonesia
  • Anwar Anwar Vocational High School 7, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
Keywords: Politeness Theory, Politeness Strategies, English Classroom, English Language Teaching, University Students


This study aims to review and look at politeness strategies in the Classroom Context by English University Students. Politeness in English language teaching is still a major concern. This is considered a way of ensuring positive contact in the classroom. As an essential actor in the class, teachers and students must also cultivate politeness as a way to establish positive engagement in the classroom. In order to investigate the politeness phenomenon in EFL interaction, the researchers applied a descriptive qualitative research method. Two sections of English literature were included in this research. The key data sources were the individual student presentations recorded. The recording took fifty transcripts, which lasted between five and seven minutes for each performance. The transcripts were examined and debated on the basis of Brown and Levinson's theory of politeness. The findings of this research indicate that English students used different types of words to express their courtesy within the classroom. Such phrases were in the form of greetings, thanks, apologies and fillers. Some terms were also taken from the vernacular language of students who acted as a tool to soften their presentation. Such words were marked as positive and negative politeness. The results of this study could be used as a means of establishing effective interaction between teachers and students in the classroom.


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Yusuf, R., & Anwar, A. (2019). An Article Review on “The Use of Politeness Strategies in the Classroom Context by English University Students". Elsya : Journal of English Language Studies, 1(2), 69-73.
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