Submitted by SM Hosseini, Iran
We have only a session (75 minutes) in a week to teach English in junior schools and are asked to use CLT as the approach? What is your view?
DR RICHARDS RESPONDS:
It is not possible to learn a language with only 75 minutes a week of
classroom input. Under those circumstances very specific and restricted
targets should be established, in terms of what is reasonable to expect
in terms of vocabulary acquisition, reading, and so on. CLT is a general
approach that is based on the principle that one learns a language
through communication and that classroom activities should involve
interaction and communication through English. However a reasonable
level of proficiency is needed before this is possible so it would be
unrealistic to expect CLT principles to be very effective in these
circumstances. Perhaps reading ability would be a more realistic goal.