ERIC Number: ED235690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Communicative Approach to Language Teaching Methodology. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 7.
Littlewood, William T.
The learning needs relevant to a communicative approach to language teaching and the appropriate teaching methods are examined. Three alternatives perspectives on language use are discussed: structural, functional, and communicative. Taken together, these perspectives highlight the goal of foreign language learning: teaching the ability to use the language system creatively and to relate forms to functions appropriately in situations involving real meaning, real time, and actual interaction. Two models of language learning which might have different implications for language teaching methodology are considered: the skill learning model and the natural learning model. Practical suggestions for a communicative teaching methodology are offered. Four basic features of such an approach are: readiness to learn, insight into significant features of whatever behavior is to be learned, practice in producing the behavior, and feedback about the success of these attempts. (RW)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Models, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
The Secretary, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dublin Univ. Trinity Coll. (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
Note: Paper presented as one of a series of public lectures sponsored by the Centre for Language and Communication Studies (1982).