What Makes a Good Communicator

Ms Lee Chen
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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
Stream: Representations: Media, Communications, Arts, Literature
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: What Makes a Good Communicator

Ms Lee Chen

Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology

I have been teaching Japanese at Swinburne University of Technology for approximately 15 years. I have taught all levels from level one of the beginners' stream to level three of the advanced stream. I also lecture in Mandarin Chinese for Native Speakers of Cantonese for undergraduate students and am responsible for the Chinese Language component offered within the Master of International Business Degree. I research in both Applied Linguistics and Education. I am currently involved in studies in a Linguistics area, directed at identification and analysis of lexical neologisms in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese languages with particular attention to new lexicon in the business domain. Over the years, I have presented a number of papers at international conferences. I work at keeping up to date and implementing the latest teaching methods for foreign language education. I have recently been working on putting the subjects I convene on the web.

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