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Frames and Reframing Recent Discussions on Communicative Competencies

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by Teacher Educator Interest Section | 26 Jun 2018
Resource Description: The communicative competencies have been foundational principles in TESOL/Applied Linguistics for several decades. They are included in theoretical and methodological textbooks for teacher candidates with little modification over the years. Yet, conversations on the construct of communicative competencies have continued to evolve since Canale and Swain (1980) proposed the organizational model; Celce-Murcia, Dornyei & Thurrell (1995) made some notable modifications. In recent years, Richards (2012) proposed a reconceptualization of the model by adding ideas of communicative capacity and complexity. Lotherington and Ronda (2014) posited the need to consider the communicative skills in light of digital and multimodal technologies. Lui, Ortega and Bryam (2015) explored the notions of critical intercultural competence and empowerment. Hall (2018) reasserted the importance of interactional competence. For such an important guiding principle, teacher educators and researchers need to reconsider what communicative competencies look like today and how our teacher preparation courses and materials should be evolving with these conversations. This session will review recent developments on the model of communicative competencies and facilitate an interactive conversation on how teacher educators can use this information.
Audience: Teacher Training
Audience Language Proficiency: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TESOL Interest Section: Teacher Education