Misconceptions Of Communicative Language Teaching Essay

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Misconceptions and Misunderstandings of Communicative Language Teaching

Muhammed Resul AYGÜN English Language Teaching, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey


Although Communicative Language Teaching is accepted by many English teachers in many countries as one of the most effective approach in English language teaching, it is a new method in Turkey not known by all teachers,researchers and linguiststhere and there are still a number of misunderstandings about it The aim of this article is focusing on some of the main misunderstandings, which are commonly held by the language teachers and researchers.


CLT basically is an approach to language teaching that emphasizes interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of study. But when CLT was introduced in late 1970s and progressed in 80s people have discussed about what communicative language exactly is .Not surprisingly it caused some misconceptions and
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CLT is still discussed by many teachers and it is better to follow these researchs and debates and it will help us better understanding

For Turkey it is a new method not known but heard by many teachers so we need a good interpretation and avoid of possible misconceptions through CLT


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5. Brandl, K (2008). Communicative Language Teaching in Action, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

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