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Communicative Competence and Syllabus Design [microform] / Albert Valdman
Bib ID 5345473
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Valdman, Albert
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1977 
16 p. 
Summary

This article discusses the incompatibility between the goal of communicative competence (defined more narrowly as minimal approximative communicative competence) and current practices of syllabus design, and suggests more relevant alternatives. Foreign language instruction is still dominated by the teaching of language structure for its own sake, and syllabus design practices give too central a place to structural features of language. Syllabus design comprises two phases, selection of appropriate items and ordering of the items. As far as selection is concerned, it is suggested that semantically based categories, modal categories, and categories of social function should be used, rather than features that refer strictly to linguistic form. Textual syntactic features, such as topicalization and focusing, are important indicators of how language is being used, and should also be considered. As far as ordering is concerned, four directions can be followed in judging the relative simplicity of pedagogical sequences: (1) frequency and utility of given forms, (2) intralingual analysis, (3) language acquisition universals, and (4) learner systems. (CLK)

Notes

Alberta Modern Language Journal, v16 n2 Win 1977-78.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Communicative Competence (Languages)  |  Curriculum Design.  |  Curriculum Guides.  |  Discourse Analysis.  |  Educational Innovation.  |  English.  |  French.  |  Instructional Materials.  |  Language Instruction.  |  Language Patterns.  |  Language Proficiency.  |  Language Skills.  |  Language Usage.  |  Modern Language Curriculum.  |  Pragmatics.  |  Second Language Learning.  |  Sociolinguistics.  |  Syntax.  |  Teaching Methods.  |  Verbs.
Form/genre Journal Articles.
Other authors/contributors Alberta Teachers Association, Edmonton. Modern Language Council
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