Curriculum materials as a barrier to the use of communicative approach to English language teaching in EFL context: examples from Tanzania

  • John Misana Biseko University of Dodoma Tanzania
  • Majuto Manyilizu University of Dodoma Tanzania
  • Joshua Andilile Mwaipape University of Dodoma Tanzania
  • Daud Nyinge University of Dodoma Tanzania
  • Adriano Utenga University of Dodoma Tanzania

Abstract

This paper examines how curriculum materials act as a barrier to implementation of communicative Language Teaching (CLT) in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context. It has been noted that several studies report some challenges of CLT in English language teaching. Consequently, some authors conclude that CLT is useless while others observe that the reported challenges are external weaknesses caused by users of the approach. In light of this debate, this study was conducted. Two questions were the focus of the study: how do curriculum materials respond to CLT? How does the actual use of the developed curriculum materials respond to principles of CLT? Drawing on the data obtained, authors of this study argue that curriculum materials are missing essential tasks which would facilitate a smooth implementation of CLT. Consequently, features of the traditional methods are dominating the practices. Authors advocate that it is unfair to argue that CLT is useless in EFL context but we have failed to design for it. Following the noted weaknesses, researchers recommend the adoption of task-based curriculum material design to ensure rich communicative activities in textbooks and classrooms as well.

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Published
Jun 29, 2020
How to Cite
BISEKO, John Misana et al. Curriculum materials as a barrier to the use of communicative approach to English language teaching in EFL context: examples from Tanzania. Journal of Applied Studies in Language, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 19-37, june 2020. ISSN 2615-4706. Available at: <http://ojs.pnb.ac.id/index.php/JASL/article/view/1868>. Date accessed: 07 july 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.31940/jasl.v4i1.1868.
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