What do they mean by Communicative English...

Can someone give some examples of how to help students practice Communicative English

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I want to undestand the dialect and way of communication in english community.
Sara1234What do they mean by Communicative English...

Can someone give some examples of how to help students practice Communicative English


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Hi Sara,

Two of the best ways to get students to communicate in class are 1) pair work and 2) group work. I prefer pair work because it forces all students to both speak and listen. Except with very motivated students, group work often leads to one or two students dominating with the others happily letting them do all the work.

Now, when it comes to pair practice, I use two different styles. For lower level students, I use controlled activities to begin with, so that they can see how to practice. I often do this with a timer. You can see a full explanation by going to http://www.teacherjoe.us/TeachersTimedPP.html . With more advanced students, I use a less structured approach. I will give them a topic or a famous quote (check out www.teacherjoe.us/Wisdom.html for sample quotes) and have them speak for 2 to 5 minutes. I often find that students don't want to stop when time is up! When everyone is finished, I ask a few of them to report on what their partner said. If I want many students to give reports (I often have 40 students or more in one class) then I ask them to report on just one interesting thing that they learned from their partner.

I'm sure you can come up with some interesting variations to suit your individual students! Let us know what you come up with.
For more advenced students, how do they develop their vocabulary in your exercise ("I will give them a topic or a famous quote")? Or is it only practice for speaking?
We can help the students to operate with the English language by providing oral speaking activities so that they learn how to speak taking part in conversations, and other exercises to fix the forms of the language...
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Hi Latin,

I don't believe students develop vocab by speaking or writing. As you suggested, all they can do is practice what they have already learned, which is important in itself. They can, however, learn vocabulary from the teacher's feedback after practicing. I always get two or three pairs of students to perform, or at least report on what they've discussed. At that time, I can give them additional vocabulary.

In my opinion, the very best way to learn vocabulary is to read. Not only do students remember new vocabulary, they also get to see how it used by native speakers. Reading, after all, is a form of communication too. Isn't the writer trying to communicate something to you, the reader? Even though it is one-way communication, it is still communication.

Because reading is so important, I teach my students how to read faster. I give them some tips on how to read faster. (See www.teacherjoe.us/ReadFaster.html for some suggestions.) Then I have them do timed readings so that they will be able to learn even more, and more quickly, in the future. (See www.teacherjoe.us/Read.html for some timed readings. Students can read a passage and see their reading speed when they're done.)

I dont understand why they make such a hue and cry over communicative English. If one gets a basic education, say for 10 years or so, one will surely be aable to handle effortlessly the language in which he has studied. In the commonwealth countries, if a person gets the basic education that means he is able to handle English as well. All one lacks is lack of practice. You cannot learn swimming without getting in the water. So the only way to learn English is by speaking, listening to good English, like the BBC news, reading simple writings in English, and ofcourse thinking in English.

Ask the students to listen to the English news at least for five minutes daily, read a minimum of one paragraph of English other than their text books, and make them speak in English. Make them realise that while doing so, it is not a sin to make mistakes, advise them not to be ashamed of their mistakes, and last but not the least, do not tease them for their mistakes.

Lo, in just 2-3 years, you are sure to reach your goal

Best of luck!
Dear Friend

By Communicative language teaching we mean an umbrella approach to teaching language to second and foreign language students. Philosophically its origin lies in revolutionary work of Chomsky who rejected structural approach and led Dell Hymes develop more progressive outlook to teaching language. Its feature can be assumed as based on the needs of learners, leaner-centric, focus on communicability rather correctness. Approach is more humane and received wide acceptability in SL and FL countries.

you can help stuents by following way

1-rewising syllabus and including all aspects of language

2-adopting hightech class rooms and pycologically and linguistically fittest teachers

3-creating more space for learner-centric teaching armed with intersting activities.

5-more human approch to aliminate erro

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