ERIC Number: ED223086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Methodological Solutions to the Problems of Communicative Teaching.
The replacement of the grammatical syllabus with a communicative syllabus is discussed in terms of foreign language teaching practice. A syllabus is a device to assist in effective teaching and an administrative tool which involves generalizing about the nature of learning and specifies a progression to a stated set of goals. Developments in teaching methodology should arise from earlier methodologies as much as out of new syllabus formats. Changes made in materials and syllabi will be ineffective unless teachers understand them and are convinced of the need for change. A discussion of the distinction between accuracy and fluency in second language acquisition may be helpful in explaining the need for communicative syllabi to teachers. Simple categories such as these will enable teachers to focus on classroom methodologies rather than syllabus specifications. Educational innovations are best implemented by teachers who can adapt proposed changes to the needs of their students. (RW)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Educational Change, Language Fluency, Notional Functional Syllabi, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
Not available separately; see FL 013 281.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (15th, Detroit, MI, March 3-8, 1981). In: On TESOL '81.