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Pedagogy for learning languages

The development of intercultural communicative competence lies at the heart of learning languages, so fluency is valued ahead of accuracy wherever students are interacting and making meaning.

Students acquire fluency by actually using whatever skills they have. This means that teachers need to use activity-based approaches that engage students in interactive experiences and support the development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

As they develop their ability to understand, appreciate, and relate positively to others using the target language, students learn to demonstrate constructive attitudes and values through participation in challenging real-life situations.

Good assessment practice – summative, as well as diagnostic and formative – is part of good teaching.

The main aspects of effective pedagogy for learning languages are summarised in the Generic Framework for Teaching and Learning Languages in English-medium Schools - Learning languages wall chart (PDF 814KB).

Last updated August 31, 2012