ERIC Number: ED262573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Communicative Proficiency Through Comprehension.
Straight, H. Stephen
Communicative proficiency, defined as native-like ability to use the language as a medium of two-way communication, is most effectively and efficiently achieved through instruction emphasizing development of listening and reading comprehension skills, and virtually excluding training in production. The comprehension approach avoids the teaching of explicit linguistic knowledge, and recreates the supportive and relaxed atmosphere of the native language acquirer, focusing solely on the development of comprehension skills. Traditional language classroom practices are replaced by a highly permissive acceptance of any output. The success of this approach has been linked to the teacher's ability to devise instructional materials that are interesting and appropriate to the learner. Full productive language ability then develops as an automatic by-product of the development of fluent comprehension processes through exposure to high-quality input that is presented in comprehensible contexts. The success of the comprehension approach is explained by a theory of language processing which makes a clear separation among the components of language ability while emphasizing the ways in which these components interact in the ongoing comprehension, production, and acquisition of language. (MSE)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Intercultural Communication, Language Processing, Language Proficiency, Linguistic Theory, Listening Comprehension, Models, Reading Comprehension, Receptive Language, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: In: Teaching Languages in College. Communicative Proficiency and Cross-Cultural Issues. Proceedings of a SUNY-Albany Conference (Albany, NY, October 19-20, 1984). For proceedings, see FL 015 232.