A Closer Examination of Communicative Language Teaching

Yi-chun Pan


This paper offers an in-depth discussion of communicative language teaching (CLT). It elaborates upon the construct and characteristics of CLT, and then documents research findings on CLT’s effectiveness. This paper then addresses components of a communicative curriculum, including the selection of materials, the design of activities, and the development of assessment formats.


Communicative language teaching; Communicative competence


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/n


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