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dc.contributor.authorEllis, Rod
dc.identifier.citationEllis, R. 2015. The importance of focus on form in communicative language teaching. Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics. 1 (2): pp. 1-12.

Long (1991) distinguished two approaches to language teaching, which he called ‘focus-on-forms’ and ‘focus-on-form’. In this article I discuss ‘focus-on-form’ from both a theoretical perspective by outlining the psycholinguistic rationale for this type of instruction and from a practical perspective by identifying the strategies that students and teachers can use when doing focus-on-form. I conclude by emphasizing the importance of including a focus-on-form in communicative language teaching in order to facilitate incidental language learning and thus reject the commonly held view that teachers should not ‘interfere’ when students are performing a communicative task. I also suggest that ‘focus-on-forms’ and ‘focus-on-form’ should be seen as complementary rather than oppositional approaches to teaching.

dc.titleThe importance of focus on form in communicative language teaching
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleEurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics
curtin.departmentSchool of Education
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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