ERIC Number: ED168339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Developing Communicative Strategies and Grammar Exercises.
Procedures used in foreign language teaching are discussed from the point of view of developing communicative strategies in students. Literature on communicative competence is reviewed and the implications for foreign language instruction are discussed. It is shown that: (1) from the very beginning of language instruction, the classroom setting, exercises, language activities, and tests should lead toward the objective of attainment of communicative competence; and (2) teaching methods must take into consideration sociolinguistic factors. In this context, an English teaching situation in Polish secondary schools is described and its inadequacies, especially in the area of grammar instruction, are indicated. It is noted that the teaching techniques used do not lead to a functional knowledge of grammar and so do not result in the development of communication skills. Therefore, a description is provided of a sequence of exercises consisting of four phases that aim at a functional mastery of a grammatical item. In connection with grammar exercises the problems of error correction and testing are dealt with. Finally it is observed that the teacher's most important task is to get students to talk and that this objective must be central in all classroom activities. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Objectives, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), Grammar, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Learning Activities, Pattern Drills (Language), Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Sociolinguistics, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (10th, London, England, April, 1978).