ERIC Number: ED136605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Language Learning through Communication Practice. ELT Documents (76/3).
Communication has been accepted as an essential result of language teaching, but has been neglected as an essential component of the language teaching process. This paper suggests that teaching comprehensively for communicative competence will cater to a large extent to developing linguistic competence, whereas teaching for linguistic competence will tend to cater very little to developing communicative skills. Reorienting language teaching towards a major focus on communicative skills involves three basic elements: (1) samples of the target language; (2) guidance concerning the nature of the target language; and (3) management or directed learning activities. These elements can all be brought together in communication practice. A course at the Essex Language Centre is cited as one model of an ESL course stressing communication. This course combined English and new student orientation, and stressed having the student retrieve information on his own rather than having information given to him. (AM)
Descriptors: College Language Programs, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Course Descriptions, English (Second Language), Experiential Learning, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Information Seeking, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Learning Activities, Linguistic Competence, Orientation, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Council, London (England). English-Teaching Information Centre.