Similarities and differences in teachers' and researchers' conceptions of communicative language teaching: does the use of an educational model cast a better light?

Mangubhai, Francis and Marland, Perc and Dashwood, Ann and Son, Jeong-Bae (2005) Similarities and differences in teachers' and researchers' conceptions of communicative language teaching: does the use of an educational model cast a better light? Language Teaching Research, 9 (1). pp. 31-66. ISSN 1362-1688

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Abstract

This study seeks to document teachers' conceptions of communicative language teaching (CLT) and to compare their conceptions with a composite view of CLT assembled, in part, from researchers' accounts of the distinctive features of CLT. The research was prompted by a review of the relevant research literature showing that, though previous studies in this area have pointed to some significant differences between teachers' and researchers' conceptions of CLT, the results are still inconclusive. In this study, usual methods for accessing teachers' understandings of CLT, such as observation and questionnaire, have been replaced by one that examines teachers' practical theories that guide their use of CLT approaches in classrooms. Semi-structured interviews and video-stimulated recall interviews were used to gain access to teachers' practical theories of CLT. The interview data show that while these teachers collectively have internalized most of the elements of communicative approaches, there are many individual variations. The data also show that these teachers have integrated aspects of communicative approaches into an overall view of teaching that incorporates many features not normally mentioned in the second language literature.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd. 2005. Deposited according to Publisher's requirements.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:31
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 23:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: communicative language teaching; CLT; second language teaching; second language instruction; second language learning; teachers of second languages
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200323 Translation and Interpretation Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200322 Comparative Language Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200399 Language Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1191/1362168805lr153oa
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/893

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