ERIC Number: ED266664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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Communicative Teaching: "Communicative" in What Sense?
Prabhu, N. S.
In recent years a variety of conceptions of the meaning of "communicative" in language teaching materials has arisen. One study defines a communicative exercise as one that has a student use a form rather than merely practice it. Another, applicable only to intermediate or advanced level students, asserts that natural language use involves an ability beyond the deployment of an internalized language system and that this ability can also be analyzed as a system and developed delibarately in learners. A third conception underlies notional syllabuses and involves three related claims: that meaning allows the statement of language teaching syllabuses in semantic rather than structural terms; that such a syllabus should have a beneficial effect on classroom activity by making it more meaning-focused; and that such a syllabus statement allows more pragmatic selection and organization of teaching items. A fourth conception is that communicative teaching is a matter of basing course construction on needs analysis. A fifth is that communicative teaching consists of meaning-focused activity in the classroom, unrestrained by any preselection or prediction of language. Understanding that a number of conceptions are in use can assist in making classroom experience lead to language use outside the classroom. (MSE)
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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).