Gail Guntermann (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Arizona State University, Tempe.
Purposeful Communication Practice: Developing Functional Proficiency in a Foreign Language
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1979 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 219–225, May 1979
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Guntermann, G. (1979), Purposeful Communication Practice: Developing Functional Proficiency in a Foreign Language. Foreign Language Annals, 12: 219–225. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1979.tb00174.x
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ABSTRACT In spite of recent efforts by foreign language educators to design activities which develop com municative competence, and by sociolinguists to identify the component elements of communication events, the foreign language teaching profession remains in need of a functional definition of communication on which to base performance objectives, and a system for designing and selecting appropriate learning activities. This article presents an approach to providing students with communication practice by relating course material to the common purposes of language use, and outlines a system for classifying communication activities in order to insure realistic, varied practice. Examples are given in Spanish.