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ERIC Number: ED222088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Communicative Intention and Language Proficiency in a 'Real Life' and Second Language Teaching Situation.
Pohl, Lothar
The notional-functional or communicative approach to foreign language teaching as practiced in East Germany is described. The purpose of communicative foreign language teaching is to prepare the learner to communicate in real-life situations. Classroom and real-life situations differ in several respects, most notably in communicative intention. The intention in real-life situations depends on individual needs and interests, while the intention in classroom situations depends on the didactic aims of the course. While foreign language classes should be as lifelike as possible, the ability to create lifelike situations is limited by objective and subjective factors. Realism in foreign language teaching means taking account of the reality of classroom limitations. The extent to which reality is involved in each phase of foreign language learning is detailed. Seven phases are identified including imparting basic information to students, repetition of information so that students can internalize it, and additional practice to develop automatic use of discourse elements. These consecutive phases are necessary for effective language learning. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: East Germany