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Title: Grammar in context: Functional teaching for the French CAPE
Author: Béatrice Sylvie Boufoy-Bastick
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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


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