Communicative language teaching: some of the challenges for teacher trainers in South Africa

Elaine Ridge


Communicative language teaching presents a number of challenges to those involved
in teacher training. This article takes the view that the focus should be on education,
rather than training. The challenges inherent in four areas are given particular
attention: the view of language; the view of teaching; the view of language learning
and the view of the learner. The final section, argues that courses should be
proactive, enabling students to review the current teaching approach critically and
adapt it to the particular contexts in which they do their teaching.
Kommunikatiewe-taalonderrig stel 'n heel aantal eise aan diegene wat betrokke is by
onderwyseropleiding. Hierdie artikel voer dan dat die fokus op opvoeding, eerder as
opleiding,. behoort te val. Die klem val op eise wat eie is aan vier terreine van
kommunikatiewe-taalonderrig: die siening oor taal, die siening oor onderrig, die
siening oor taalonderrig en die siening oor die leerder. Die laaste gedeelte pleit dat
kursusse proaktief moet wees om studente in staat te stet om die huidige
onderrigbenadering krities to beskou en dit aan te pas by die besondere konteks
waarin hulle onderrig gee.

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