7. The Communicative Approach

The Communicative Approach emerged from the field of anthropological linguistics through the work of linguists such as M. A. K. Halliday, who think of language primarily as a system of communication.  This workshop discusses the key elements of the Approach including the concept of communicative competence and the Approach’s focus on meaning and function, language authenticity, and integration of the four language skills.  In application, the Communicative Approach relies heavily on pair and group communication activities, such as information gaps and biographical databases that immerse students in situations that require communication.  Participants in this workshop learn a wide variety of pair and group communicative activities as well as integrated skills and dialogue teaching activities.

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