ERIC Number: ED215558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Communicative Language Teaching: Principles and Practice. Language and Literacy Series.
This discussion is intended as a general introduction to communicative language teaching. The text is divided into six parts dealing with the reasons for communicative language teaching, the background to it, learning to communicate, classroom activities, the role of the teacher, and ways to get the method started. Part One examines the nature of communication, the need for learning forms and use, appropriate register, and interactive skills. The background section reviews methods of teaching languages, discusses the kind of teaching to be provided, and the principles on which communicative language teaching is based. The third chapter addresses the issues of meaning, form and content. The section on classroom activities outlines a variety of activities along with the part they play in a communicative approach. Chapter five defines the role of the teacher in the communicative situation as that of counselor or consultant. The final chapter suggests the need to explore the principles of communicative language teaching in a variety of classroom settings as well as the need for empirical research. (AMH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Interaction, Interpersonal Competence, Language Research, Second Language Instruction, Speech Communication, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.