The importance of focus on form in communicative language teaching
|dc.identifier.citation||Ellis, 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.title||The importance of focus on form in communicative language teaching|
|dcterms.source.title||Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics|
|curtin.department||School of Education|