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Communicative Language Teaching. Emily A. Thrush University of Memphis Department of English. Learning a Language. Learning a language is not like learning a subject such as history which consists of knowledge.

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communicative language teaching

Communicative Language Teaching

Emily A. Thrush

University of Memphis

Department of English

learning a language
Learning a Language
  • Learning a language is not like learning a subject such as history which consists of knowledge.
  • Learning a language is like learning any other skill, such as riding a bicycle or playing a sport.
  • You need some knowledge and a lot of practice to use that knowledge easily.
learning a language3
Learning a Language
  • Knowledge
    • Vocabulary
    • Rules of grammar
    • Rules of pronunciation
    • Rules of appropriateness (politeness, etc.)
  • Skill
    • Comprehending written and spoken language
    • Producing language fluently and accurately
research on memory
Research on Memory
  • Research on memory as related to learning a language shows that
    • Learners remember vocabulary best when it is learned in context and linked to meaning.
    • Learners remember language that is used in meaningful contexts better than language used in mechanical exercises, drills, or contexts that are not meaningful to the individual learner.
communicative teaching
Communicative Teaching
  • Teachers should move learners from textbook exercises to meaningful use.
    • Questions and answers about their own interests, concerns, activities, etc.
    • Readings on topics of interest to them.
    • Writing on topics of interest to them.
    • Conversations on topics of interest to them.