ERIC Number: ED197609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Developmental Communicative Competence and Attitudes in Education. Acts of the Colloquium of the Swiss Interuniversity Commission for Applied Linguistics. CILA Bulletin, No. 31.
Van de Craen, Pete
A study was made of aspects of communicative competence in a diglossic situation. Communicative competence in this situation is regarded as an interaction process between speech diversities. This report covers the first stage of a longer study in which there was an attempt to link attitudinal factors with linguistic components in particular situations. One elementary school of 132 pupils in a working-class area in the city of Antwerp, Belgium was chosen for the study. Questionnaires were given to both parents and students. The results indicated that the school exerts a large influence on language attitude; most students regard the standard language as that of intelligent and friendly people. Furthermore, it appears that the children use language not according to their knowledge of it but according to the social values attached to that language variant. The theoretical implications that are drawn have to do with communicative performance versus communicative competence. It is suggested that the former be regarded as an interaction process between speech diversities governed by attitudinal and situational factors. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission Interuniversitaire Suisse de Linguistique Appliquee (Switzerland).
Note: Slightly revised version of a paper presented at the International Congress of Applied Linguistics (5th, Montreal, Quebec, August 20-26, 1978).