Communicative Approach in Teaching English for 3rd Year English Department Students: Advantages and Weaknesses

Language is very crucial in human’ life. Through language, ideas, feelings, information can be delivered so as to facilitate cooperation between the members of society (Leech, 1981:40). It means that by language human being can communicate with others all over the world. One of the languages that enables people to have international contact is English.

As an international language, the bridge of one country with others, English must be familiar with public. In the sense that, those who communicate by using English must know it well or at least understand it. Since not all people use English as their national language or even a secondary one, the problem comes up. How could communication take place provided sounds produced are unintelligible?

Therefore, it is of prime importance to learn the dominant language which also prominently involves the teaching method. Some methods have been proposed by many linguists to teach English as foreign language. One of them is communicative approach. Communicative approach is one way of teaching English communicatively. This approach is regarded as the most effective way of teaching language to language learners. However, no one approach is better than others. Nor is one approach is worse than others. This simple article is aimed at answering the phenomena of using the communicative approach in teaching English.

The aim of this writing is to describe the advantages and the weaknesses of this communicative. The research is conducted at English Department Andalas University. The subjects are third year-students. The data are collected by observational method with note-taking and interviewing technique. The analysis is done by relating to the concept proposed by Savignon (2002). The result of analysis is descriptively presented.

Name : Ike Revita

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