The importance of communicative language teaching

Posted by Alex Thorp on 21 August 2017

Topic: ESOL

The modern world thrives on communication. More than ever, we communicate using an ever growing range of channels either in person, on the phone or online. Opportunities for personal growth, success in study and career development can all be facilitated with strong language skills.

What is communicative language teaching?

Successful communication in the target language is the main goal of communicative language teaching. The focus, particularly in the beginning, is on the student communicating an authentic message in their individual context and making themselves understood.

Accuracy is important but doesn’t need to be the main goal. A student who communicates more information with a few mistakes is more likely to communicate successfully than one who conveys very little with no mistakes.

The approach is designed to motivate students to communicate. Therefore, it's essential to use content that's relevant and interesting to students. Trinity’s speaking and listening tests embrace the context of the individual test-taker and assess communicative competence, and so can be a good fit for communicative language teaching: Students are allowed to choose and prepare their own discussion topics, so that they can talk about the things that really matter to them.

Real-life communication tasks

Communicative language teaching demands context and a real purpose – an authentic reason for the student to communicate that goes beyond the exam. Trinity College London’s qualifications include tasks based on real-life communication tasks.

With Trinity, students gain a widely recognised qualification and have the opportunity to develop the confidence to cope with everyday situations as they adjust to life in the UK.

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Reliable language qualifications from Trinity

Trinity is an international exam board with a strong history of language qualifications. We have been delivering external assessments since 1877. Each year, more than 700,000 students take an assessment with Trinity College London.

We have a unique range of exams in English language, drama, music and the arts. This combination has led us to be respected for our qualifications in communication skills and the performing arts. By working with Trinity, you can broaden opportunities for your students.

Visit the Trinity stand at ST Alphe UK Conference 2017

The Trinity College London team will be at ST Alphe UK Conference 2017 from 1st to 3rd September 2017. Join us on Stand M6 (on the lower floor) to meet our team and find out more about our English language qualifications.

We will also be at StudyWorld from 4th to 6th September 2017. We hope to see you there.

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