ERIC Number: ED225401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Meaningful and Communicative Exercises for the Language Lab.
SPEAQ Journal, v4 n3-4 p149-61 1980
A workshop was given to identify and point out the limitations of mechanical language laboratory drills, and to compare them to drills which have been classified as being meaningful or communicative. Mechanical drills do not require an understanding of the meaning of the sentence; there is not consideration of context; and there is no connection from one sentence-item to the other. Meaningful drills require that the student know the meaning of the key words in the sentences being drilled. In addition, communicative drills require the student to take part in communication, that is, to be involved in a meaningful exchange of information. Workshop participants identified mechanical drill types from examples provided them and then constructed meaningful and communicative drill types that focused on the same teaching point as the mechanical drill. For example, students could be presented with a diagram of a family tree and be required to base the answers on the diagram. A communicative drill might require factual answers to the questions it asks. Because the construction of meaningful and communicative drills is not easy, it is hoped that the examples provided here will challenge readers to find real-life situations and to create useful drills for them. (AMH)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Higher Education, Language Laboratories, Language Patterns, Pattern Drills (Language), Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Speech Communication, Teacher Developed Materials
Concordia Colloquium on Language Labs, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, Quebec H3G-1M8, Canada ($15.00 for entire journal).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Concordia Colloquium on Language Laboratories (Montreal, Quebec, July 6-8, 1981).