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Communicative language teaching

by Sandra J. Savignon
Theory Into Practice ()

Abstract

In an effort to summarize as well as provide some perspective on recent developments in foreign language teaching, this article (a) sketches the theoretical and research bases for what has come to be known as communicative language teaching and (b) outlines a five-component approach to shaping a communicative curriculum. Each component includes a collection of learning activities based on principles of communicative language teaching, activities that correspond to different facets of the language acquisition process.

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