The Communicative Language Teaching Approach: Theory and Practice

Merlissa Elpedes Suemith


This paper is an exposition of the Communicative Language
Teaching (CLT) Approach. After establishing the need for a more
effective teaching strategy by presenting the limitations of earlier
methods, the emergence of language learning theories is discussed and
how they, in turn, paved the way for the development of CLT. CLT is
tackled as a more comprehensive approach because it takes into account
learner’s communicative needs. There is less emphasis on grammar
precision but more on fluency. The learner is the focus, while the teacher
is a facilitator. From this, some pedagogical implications are given,
although not exhausted, as a way of bringing the approach into the
classroom setting

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