Principles Of Communicative Language Teaching

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Principles of Communicative Language Teaching The ever-growing need for good communication skills in English has created a huge demand for English teaching all over the world. Nowadays, many people want to improve their command of English or to ensure that their children achieve a good command of English. The worldwide ultimatum for English has created a gigantic demand for quality language teaching, language teaching materials and resources, and appropriate teaching methodologies. Accordingly, the field of second or world language teaching has undergone many trends and shifts, over the last few decades. To achieve such demands, several methods have come and gone. We have seen the Audio-lingual Method, cognitive based approaches, the Total Physical Response (TPR), the Natural Approach, and many others. The belief that there is one single best method that meets the goals and the needs of all learners and programs has turned out to be bogus. What has emerged is a variety of communicative language teaching (CLT) methodologies which are seen as the most effective approaches to ELT. Communicative Language Teaching emerged in the 1970’s as a reaction to the traditional language teaching approaches. Since older methods, such as Audiolingualism and Situational Language Teaching, fell out of fashion CLT arose and soon spread worldwide. (Richards, 2006) There was a huge controversy among applied linguists concerning the centrality of grammar in language teaching and learning. It was
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