ERIC Number: ED136606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Encouraging Language Acquisiton by Adults in a Formal Instructional Setting. ELT Documents (76/3).
Communicative competence often remains the aim rather than the product of language instruction. One cause may be the fact that language learners tend to need "knowledge of second language use" more than "knowledge of a second language" in their oral communication situations outside the classroom. This results in low transferability of interactional skills acquired through participation in the spoken discourse of second language classrooms. One suggestion for language teachers is the identification of those communicative purposes students have or will have in English. Another is the creation of as many and as varied opportunities as possible for learners to communicate inside the classroom, for purposes as similar as possible to those which they will have outside. (AM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Classroom Communication, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Objectives, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Language Instruction, Language Usage, Learning Activities, 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.