Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

New from Cambridge University Press!


Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: Grammar in context: Functional teaching for the French CAPE
Author: Béatrice Sylvie Boufoy-Bastick
Email: click here TO access email
Institution: University of the West Indies
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Major changes have occurred over the last two decades in theories of Foreign Language (FL) teaching as practiced in the Caribbean. This paper examines, from a communicative language teaching perspective, how these changing theoretical emphases have transformed FL pedagogical practices. There is now an emphasis on developing effective interactional skills, resulting in valued competency outcomes such as learners' increased verbal fluidity and awareness of social norms. It is argued here that this heightened socio-linguistic FL performance could be further enhanced by including functional grammar teaching in the FL class. Functional in-context grammar teaching can promote FL competence by facilitating accurate linguistic transfer to wider contexts. Functional grammar input can also significantly improve both the accuracy and the fluency of learners' linguistic input. It is therefore suggested that functional in-context grammar teaching could now be beneficially introduced into French CAPE communicative activities.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: In T. Bastick and A. Ezenne (Eds.) Researching Change in Caribbean Education: Curriculum, Teaching and Administration (pp. 91-110). Kingston: Department of Educational Studies, UWI
Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page