Communication Strategies

What do you do when you need to express the meaning of a word that you don�t know in a foreign language? How do you start and close a conversation, and how do you keep it going? What can you do if you are not sure about what to say in an unfamiliar situation?

Communication strategies is a book about the verbal and non-verbal ways and means that learners and users of a second or foreign language can employ when they have to face problems due to gaps in their linguistic, communicative or intercultural competence. Strategies also enable them to deal with uncertainty in personal and intercultural contacts and to increase their autonomy in using languages.

Communication strategies is both a handbook for teachers, teacher trainers and educators, providing them with a sound methodological background, and a collection of 30 practice activities, games and tasks for language learners and users. Photocopiable worksheets are provided, as well as freely downloadable recordings of native and non-native speakers of English.

An expanded Italian version is also available.

 

Communication Strategies

Luciano Mariani 2010

ISBN  978-1-4457-7953-9

Published by www.lulu.com - contact the author for a copy in electronic format (pdf)

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Need assistance or further information? E-mail me: luciano.mariani@iol.it

 

Contents

 

PART ONE � Methodological background

 

1. Communication strategies: defining the area

1.1

Introducing strategies

1.2

Focus on oral interaction

1.3

Strategies as problem-solving behaviour

1.4

Communication vs compensation

1.5

Product vs process

1.6

The consciousness issue

1.7

Intra- and inter-cultural strategies

 

Further reading

 

2. Types of strategies

2.1

Reduction vs achievement

2.2

Reduction strategies

2.3

Achievement strategies at the word and sentence level

2.4

Achievement strategies at the discourse level

2.5

Factors affecting strategy choice and use

2.6

A proposed typology

 

Further reading

 

 

3. Strategy learning and teaching

3.1

Strategic competence

3.2

The teachability issue

3.3

Approaches to strategy education

3.4

Designing learning tasks

 

Further reading

 

PART TWO � Materials and activities

30 activities, tasks and games, with photocopiable Worksheets, recordings and transcripts

 

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