Communicative language teaching: the reality

Thwaites, Shannon (2016) Communicative language teaching: the reality. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) has become a buzzword in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching community in recent years. This dissertation aims to investigate whether the approach is still relevant in today’s EFL classroom, also analysing any disparities between teacher attitudes towards CLT and how the approach is actually applied in the classroom. Lesson observations were conducted on a final year General Language unit at the University of Portsmouth in order to observe teaching practice, analysing aspects of CLT. Questionnaires and interviews were given to EFL teachers on this unit in order to analyse teacher attitudes about this teaching approach. These data were then triangulated to conclude that, although CLT is still relevant today, and the most favoured teaching approach among the teachers, it is not the only approach that is used in the classroom. There are also disparities between teacher attitudes and teaching practice in terms of CLT. Factors that affect the application of CLT in the classroom include (but may not be limited to) time constraints, assessment washback, the lock-step nature of syllabus, and learner motivation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 14:43
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 14:43

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