Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide - Alessandro Benati
Alessandro Benati [+]
University College Dublin
• Communication cannot be equated with questions and answers (Q/A) practice. • Communication can be defined as the expression, interpretation, and negotiation of meaning in a given context for a specific purpose. • Interaction fosters acquisition when a communication problem arises and L2 learners are engaged in resolving it through interaction and negotiation of meaning. • Tasks promote acquisition and provide a purpose for language use. A communicative interactive task is a learning endeavor that requires L2 learners to comprehend, negotiate, manipulate and produce the target language as they need to perform some set of work-plans. • Interactive tasks are a good example of communication tasks and should substitute traditional oral practice.