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ERIC Number: ED135245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-23
Pages: 23
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Communicative Competence: Theory and Classroom Practice.
Savignon, Sandra J.
Within the framework of viewing communicative competence as a prerequisite to linguistic competence, rather than vice versa, this paper considers the following: (1) the nature of communicative competence; (2) the implications of communicative competence for second language teaching; and (3) ways in which the teacher can begin to make a foreign language program more meaningful. Communicative competence is defined as what native speakers know which enables them to interact effectively with each other. Implications for the language teacher include: (1) the need for tests which measure the ability to use language; (2) the irrelevancy of sequencing surface features; (3) the need for emphasis on non-linguistic aspects of communication; and (4) the need to re-examine attitudes toward students and language teaching. Practical suggestions for implementing communicative competence in the classroom include the use of spontaneous role-playing, discussions, games, radio, and the telephone. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Detroit, Michigan, April 23, 1976)