Academic journal article English Language Teaching

Citation as a Stimulus to Boost Students' Communication Skills at the English Lessons

Academic journal article English Language Teaching

Citation as a Stimulus to Boost Students' Communication Skills at the English Lessons

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The study contemplates significance of using citation at the English lessons by exposing its advantages. Quotations represent the enormous linguistic variety, which discloses the modern language that unambiguously assists students to develop skills of oral speech. Special attention is paid to the experimentconducted at the series of lessons in order to enhance students' linguistic interest, incentive and aimed at the development and improvement of communicative competence.

Keywords: authenticity, citation, communication skill, communicative competence, linguistic interest

1. Introduction

In recent years, an issueof the application modern methods and models of teaching foreign languages in secondary schools is on the agenda. Therefore, educators try to implement effective useof new methods in order to improve the quality of teaching foreign languages, the formation and development of thestudents' communicative culture. Actual experience shows that sometimes the teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Russia sets pedagogical tasks in accordance with the disclosure of certain educational material but not on the basis of the possibilities and prospects of students' development. Consequently, the teacher along with traditional methods should use such methods and means that would ensure the formation of communication skills and givea great opportunity for active oral practice of each individual student. In this case, citation as a pedagogical means is one of the most effective ways to make the lesson intense and extraordinary, which certainly contributes to better memorization and encourages the development, formation and improvement of communication skills.

Based on the above stated, the modern pedagogical theory and practice needs to resolve the contradictions between:

- Passive ability to perceive and the ability to understand and produce speech;

- Increasing interest of students to the culture of other countries, to their lifestyle and their desire to enter into close intercommunication with foreign peers and content of the process of teaching foreign languages in secondary schools.

The purpose of the study is to identify and substantiate efficiency of citation at foreign language lessons.

Object of the study: the process of learning a foreign language in secondary schools.

Subject of the study: the use of citation in receiving, training and learning activities of students at English lessons.

Hypothesis of the study lies in the assumption that the use of citation at English lessons contributes to the formation of communicative competence, the development of linguistic interest and motivationof students.

2. Methods

In order to test the hypothesis, there were used the following methods:

Theoretical (analysis of psycho-pedagogical, linguistic, methodological literature on effective use of citation at foreign language lesson, comparison and generalization of teaching experience, analysis of terminology, classification);

Empirical (pedagogical supervision, testing, discussion, pedagogical experiment);

Experimental (ascertaining slice, organizing and conducting a formative experiment);

Statistics (mathematical processing and evaluation of the results obtained during the experiment).

3. Communicative Orientation

Observations of recent years reveal a steady tendency that the basis of teachingforeign languages is communicative. The result is that during the process of teaching English a teacher needs to use and combine different methods and techniques in order to develop, enhance and improve communication skills. Citation as a means makes an invaluable contribution to the teaching and learning process in the study of the English language, has a positive effect on the motivation of students and makes the lesson interesting that inspires students to improve English language skills and use them in practice. What is the quotation and what place does it occupy in the structure of the English language lesson? …

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