ERIC Number: ED132841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Teaching for Communication.
Savignon, Sandra J.
Missouri Foreign Language Journal, Nov 1975
The language teacher must provide a variety of activities in the classroom in which the student can use the second language in unrehearsed, novel situations requiring, on his part, inventiveness, resourcefulness and self-assurance. There should be less emphasis on linguistic accuracy and more on truly spontaneous and creative language. In the author's experience students who had been given the opportunity for innovative self-expression from the very beginning of their study of French far outperformed students who had not had such an experience in situations requiring spontaneous interaction with a native speaker. This experience also gives a sense of achievement to students, who therefore develop a very positive attitude toward language learning. Role playing, discussion topics and games all represent strategies for providing the emotional involvement necessary for authentic interaction in the classroom. Radio broadcasts from other countries can be incorporated into the language program to provide up-to-date commentary on a variety of topics in language that is fresh and real. A system of "phone pals" can be set up whereby students exchange messages with each other or with native speakers in the community. (Author/CFM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the OMLTA/NYSAFLT International Conference (4th, Toronto, February 28, 1975)