Communicative competence and communication in foreign language teaching

Monika Lis

Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland


The aim of this paper is to introduce foreign language teaching approaches in a synchronic and diachronic perspective by analyzing their theoretical assumptions, language practice and effects in foreign language acquisition. Attention will be paid to the role and place of communicative teaching approach in the process of foreign language learning. Basic communicative act elements and their meaning for teaching effective communication and speaking on an elementary level will be mentioned. The question of effective techniques in teaching communicative skills will be described, together with the language opportunities while living in a foreign language country. Additionally, attention will be paid to the necessary conditions that have to be met to be successful in language teaching. Finally, the importance of communication testing techniques will be pondered on.

Key words: communicative competence, communication, foreign language teaching, testing, effective teaching