The Importance Of Speaking Skill As A Tool For Learning Language

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Since there has been a great emphasis on the notion of CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) as a tool for learning language through interaction in the target language (Nunan, 1991), speaking skill have gained more importance by teachers, learners and researchers during recent decades. Therefore, for being able to communicate in the target language and to be proficient in oral production activities, all various factors of this skill should be investigated. One of the main aspects of speaking skill, is learners’ erroneous utterances and the way these errors should be treated. The other important factor, is considering learners’ individual differences especially their level of anxiety. Whereas some scholars (e.g. Gass & Selinker, 2008) believed that errors should be inhibited and eliminated, Corder (1967) mentioned the crucial role of errors in language learning contexts. According to Corder’s attitudes, errors can help teachers to be aware of students’ language learning process and let them to know how much learners have already learnt. In addition, it helps students to discover the rules and structures of the target language. Finally, by considering the notion of errors as an essential part of language learning, researchers notice the way languages are acquired. For the above reasons, researchers and teachers must consider the concept of corrective feedback as an essential part of language learning process. According to Long (1996), there are so many factors…
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