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Title: Revisiting methodological approaches to foreign language teaching: From communicative to actional language teaching.
Author: Béatrice Sylvie Boufoy-Bastick
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Institution: University of the West Indies
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
French
Spanish
Abstract: This paper gives personal perspectives on international trends in foreign language teaching. It positions Caribbean language teaching relative to these global trends. These trends are illustrated by giving a brief overview of language teaching methodologies, from around the world, that are most representative of these trends. These summary impressions are mainly derived from extensive experiences of foreign language teaching in Britain, the Caribbean, Australia, US, France, Singapore and Fiji. To these descriptions, a brief presentation of current pedagogical developments in Europe has been included. This paper describes how the specific environmental conditions of these regions and the social values underpinning their language education policies and practices influence their preferences for Communicative Language Teaching (COLT) and determine the different ways they use Situated Language Teaching (SLT) methodologies. The SLT influences that are described here span over two decades from Wilkins' (1976) notional syllabus to Bastick's (1999) subjectivism. The paper concludes with an introduction to Actional Language Teaching (ALT) for the XXIst century.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: In T. Bastick (Ed.) Education Theory and Practice (2nd ed.) (pp. 77-94). Kingston: Department of Educational S


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