Lesson 3: Principles of Communicative Language Teaching

Integration

Despite continued reference to separate language skills (e.g., speaking, listening, reading, and writing) within the teaching profession, more and more foreign language educators emphasize an integrated curriculum. In other words, most teachers recognize that the four language skills support each other and are found together in real-life language use. Some pedagogues such as Dr. Garza call for the integration of all four skills by emphasizing the over-arching construct of culture. To him, culture ties language skills and use together into a more coherent curriculum.

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Dr. Garza discusses the importance of integration.

Duration: 01:21

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Challenges of Integration

While generally agreeing with the general concept of integrating language skills via culture, many of the beginning language teachers voice concern throughout the modules that integration is a challenge for them.

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Vince, a beginning language teacher, on the challenges of integration.

Duration: 00:55

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Why do you think that integration poses a particular challenge for beginning teachers? Do they lack practice in integrating language skills or is this simply a more intellectually challenging endeavor?