ERIC Number: ED266662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Integrating the New and the Old in a Communicative Approach.
Littlewood, William T.
The communicative approach to language teaching represents a widening of scope in one's view of the goal and range of activities rather than a rejection of earlier approaches or content. However, it does require that all ideas and techniques be reevaluated in terms of this wider conception of communication and learning. One method for combining new and old approaches integrates part-skills training, or pre-communicative activities, and whole-task practice, or communicative activities. The two branches of the model, the conceptual and the communicative, are linked at one extreme by creative language use (discussion, problem-solving, role-playing and simulation, purposeful reading and listening, learning through the foreign language, and fulfilling needs) and at the other by the internalization of structures and vocabulary. These objectives are accomplished on the conceptual, or meaning, side by situational teaching and information exchange tasks and, on the communicative or functional side, by functional teaching and role-playing tasks. Whatever the nature of the syllabus input, the links within the model allow the teacher to address various aspects of language, language usage, and language learning. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Communicative Language Teaching. Selected Papers from the RELC Seminar (Singapore, April 23-27, 1984). Anthology Series 14 (FL 015 507).