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Title: Instructional materials for developing multi-competencies: The case of Performative Exercises
Authors: Walker, I. 
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Walker, I. (2012). Instructional materials for developing multi-competencies: The case of Performative Exercises. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching 9 (SUPPL.1) : 325-346. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examines learners' perceptions about classroom activities called Performative Exerceises and how to enhance the instructional materials for teachers. Performative exercises are role-play based exercises that aim at fostering learners' communicative competence to use language in a contextually appropriate and socio-culturally meaningful way. Through a completed questionnaire submitted by 122 elementary learners of Jap-anese, the study reveals the features of the lessons that make learners perceive them to be "useful," "fun," and "difficult" as well as the benefits of Class Work and Pair Work. Based on the findings, this paper argues that the conventional way of communicative language teaching, such as facilitating interactions in pairs or groups, and providing feedback on prepared conversation is not enough to achieve educational goals. It suggests that the instructional materials should include a structured sequence of communication tasks that gradually build up learners' knowledge to construct longer and more complex discourse with ease, and that enhance rapid interaction skills in language use in various contexts as well as acute monitoring skills that would lead to culturally meaningful and socially appropriate use of the language. © Centre for Language Studies.
Source Title: Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching
ISSN: 02199874
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