Making room for communication
National Centre for English Language and Research, Macquarie University
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of International, Cultural and Community Studies
This address to language teachers reviewed a number of recent Australian- based research studies. It is suggested that all the studies reviewed lead to the inference that students learning English as a second or foreign language need to be given room to communicate. Further, it is argued that teachers, in providing opportunities for communicative language use, should give due regard to individual student differences, authenticity, cultural congruence and the self-respect of the learner.