LT 513 – Foundations of Language Education
7:30-10:30 am / Sat. & Sun.
I. REFLECTION A. Summary The article, “Shaping a Communicative Curriculum”, authored by Sandra J. Savignon, explicates the five components proposed to innovate the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) Approach so that it could provide a variety of activities and alternatives that also go with the advent of technology. These said components are: 1. Language Arts, or Language Analysis, which includes many of the exercises used in mother-tongue programs to focus attention on formal accuracy or on forms of English such as phonology, morphology, and syntax; 2. Language for a Purpose, or Language Experience, which is in contrast with Language Analysis because it uses English for real and immediate communicative goals; 3. My Language is Me: Personal English Language Use, which seeks to involve learners’ psychological and intellectual aspects and which implies respect for learners as they use English for self-expression; 4. You Be, I’ll Be: Theater Arts, which states that the world can be thought of as a stage, with actors and actresses who play their parts as best as they can, seen as an opportunity to experiment English with roles, to try things out; and
5. Beyond the Classroom, which aims to prepare learners to use English in the world beyond. The goals of this proposal are to offer greater opportunities to each and every student of English language and to accommodate the diverse learning styles among learners.
B. Reaction What surprised me most about the reading material is the fact that CLT itself, as an approach to language teaching and learning, is composed of five purposeful and meaningful methods to provide more opportunities and more effective strategies to learners in their goal of interpreting, expressing, and negotiating meaning.