ERIC Number: ED339197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The Reusable Communication Format.
The reprint of a 1984 article on language teaching for communicative competence focuses on the use of small group communicative activities. The benefits and advantages of small group (two to six participants) communications activities are outlined, including the increased opportunities for speaking, less intimidating context, retention of attention, opportunities for integrated language practice, and natural context for speaking. Common teacher concerns about small group activities include the limitations of student vocabulary or structures, need for preparation, grouping, error correction, equal student participation, and reversion to that native language. Potential solutions for these issues are offered. Characteristics of good small group activities are discussed briefly, and some sample reusable formats are described. These include role-playing, use of directed dialogue cards, chained statements, add-on statements, guessing games, and interviews. Examples of role-playing materials and a 24-item bibliography are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Reprinted from "Dimension: 1984."