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ERIC Number: EJ1019509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1086-296X
Preparing Adult Educators: The Need to Develop Communicative Language Teaching Skills in College-Level Instructors
Shawer, Saad
Journal of Literacy Research, v45 n4 p431-464 Dec 2013
This paper examines why communicative language teaching (CLT) fails to improve student learning in certain contexts by assessing two adult educators' communicative and noncommunicative practices through qualitative case studies, interviews, and participant observations. Results show no inherent CLT problems that prevent teachers from grasping CLT theory and transforming it into classroom practices. Communicative classroom practices lead to significant improvements in student communicative competence and four skills, whereas noncommunicative practices bring about poor student learning outcomes. Moreover, noncommunicative teaching incurs negative consequences for teachers and students more than traditional pattern-drill instruction. The study points to the teachers for CLT failures in certain contexts and recommends CLT to underpin English as a foreign language/English as a second language (EFL/ESL) curriculum and instruction, alongside changes in adult educator preparation programs and in-service teacher training. To avoid noncommunicative instruction, policymakers and initial and in-service teacher training programs should offer communicative training that mixes and balances theory and practice, and should monitor teacher cognition and behavior in actual classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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