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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Communicative approach

The communicative approach is the theory that language is communication. Therefore the final aim of CLT is communicative competence.

The principles of the communicative approach:

  • Learners learn through using it to communicate.
  • Authentic and meaningful communication should be the goal of classroom activities.
  • Fluency is an important dimension of communication.
  • Communication involves the integration of different language skills.
  • Learning is a process of creative construction and envolves trial and error.
So, what is the teacher's role in this?

The teacher has two main roles:
  • To facilitate the communication process in the classroom.
  • To act as an independent participant within the learning-teaching group.
The teacher is also expected to act as a resource, an organiser of resources, a motivator, a counsellor, a guide, an analyst and a researcher.

In practical terms, what does that mean?

It means that we need to concentrate on the following:

  • Teacher-student activities.
  • Activities.
  • Materials.
Here, we post a video about communicative language teaching:

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