ERIC Number: ED366195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
What Role for Grammar after the Communicative Resolution?
Language is a system developed for the purpose of communication. Grammar (structure), which reflects language form, is only one aspect of language; the other two are meaning and function. Failure of form-centered approaches to second language teaching, the audiolingual and cognitive approaches, led to the emergence of the communicative approach in the mid-1970s and neglect of grammar as a valid component of language instruction. Now that the communicative approach has evolved somewhat, another look at the role of grammar in communicative language teaching is appropriate. It is likely that much of what has previously been addressed as sentence-level grammar will in future be reanalyzed and taught in relation to its role in discourse, and therefore as it contributes to communication. While the discourse-based approach may be perceived to be in conflict with the highly social and interactive exercises characteristic of the communicative approach, its real contribution will be to move learners beyond superficial, everyday communication to the expression of experiences, thoughts, and ideas that can only be adequately expressed through extended discourse. As such, this approach emphasizes the use of texts, oral and written, to extend learner awareness of how grammar functions in discourse. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In Sarinee, Anivan, Ed. Language Teaching Methodology for the Nineties. Anthology Series 24; see FL 021 739.