What Makes a Good Communicator
Foreign language teaching has shifted the focus from pure linguistic skills to much broader field-adoption of the communicative competence approach to teaching within socio-cultural dimensions. This paper will discuss the results of a pilot study undertaken early this year as a prelude to a much more substantial research project directed at the analysis of communication strategies of learners of Japanese. The research project is set within the theoretical framework of the communicative competence approach to language teaching. The purpose of undertaking a pilot study was to establish a basis for further research. At no stage did I image that analysis of just the opening turn, a simple greeting to be offered to the teachers upon entering the room would produce not only a number of pointers towards some very important fields of investigation but has also raised a number of interesting questions.
Keywords: Communicative Competence Approach, Discourse Rules, Types of Discourse
Ms Lee Chen
Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology