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ERIC Number: ED150866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
From Manipulation to Communication.
Schulz, Renate A.
Forum, v9 n3 p8-18 May 1977
Besides lack of motivation and insufficient time allowed for foreign language study, one reason for the failure to develop communicative competence in second language students lies in the methodology. Until recently, most second language pedagogy has centered on linguistic competence, or knowledge of how to communicate in a language. Research in native language acquisition indicates that meaningful situational contexts and the need to communicate are necessary for learning to take place. Meaningful exercises designed to develop communicative skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing include direction-following, interviewing, simulations, games, and monologue techniques. Varying degrees of structure must be provided for the student with limited linguistic competence. As far as error correction is concerned, it should be remembered that the aim in communication exercises is to get a message across, and that form is less important here than meaning. (AM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Games, Language Instruction, Learning Activities, Linguistic Competence, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Pullman.