Politeness Strategies Performed by EFL Learners’ with English Native Speakers in Medical Students


  • Sri Rejeki Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta
  • Alfi Nur Azizah Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta




politeness strategies, English learners, native speakers


The purpose of the research was to find out what politeness strategies used by EFL learners when they are having a conversation with English native speakers and the factors for selecting these particular strategies. The research applied a descriptive qualitative research. The participants were 28 non-English major (medical students) students in the first semester. The instrument of the research was data from videos presenting students’ conversation with english native speakers. They were analyzed by using Brown and Levinson categories of politeness. The result shows that the learners use three among four politeness strategies proposed by Brown and Levinson namely positive, negative, and off-record strategies. The positive politeness strategies become the most widely used ones.



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Author Biographies

Sri Rejeki, Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta

Sri Rejeki is a first-year Master of Education student at Graduate School of Education, Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta. She gained a Bachelor of Education from Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta. She is interested in the use of technology in education, sociolinguistics, EFL and IFL teaching.

Alfi Nur Azizah, Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta

Alfi Nur Azizah is a first-year Master of education student at Graduate School of Education, Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta. She received a Bachelor of Education from the same university where she pursue her master. Her research interest are foreign language teaching and sociolinguistics.


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