A STUDY OF THE ATTITUDES OF SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TOWARDS COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH TO TEACHING EN By Dr. B.J. Sujani

Abstract

Communicative Approach is considered as the latest approach in the long run of methods and approaches employed to teach English. It is an approach which can equip the students with necessary Communicative Competence. Today many states of our country and many other places of the world have adopted Communicative Approach as the major approach to teach English language. Attitude towards the use of communicative approach plays a significant role in determining the extent to which it is practiced or would be accepted or rejected in English Language Teaching. Therefore, the study aimed at investigating the attitudes of teachers towards the Communicative Approach and measuring their readiness to accept it to teach English. The study also aimed at exploring the teachers’ familiarity with the concept of Communicative Approach. For this purpose, a Questionnaire and an attitude scale was administered to a sample of 300 teachers working in rural, semi- urban and urban areas of Ranga Reddy District. The study employed a mixed-method design, which combines both qualitative and quantitative data. The data was analyzed using statistical techniques like preferential order, frequency, percentages, mean scores, and ANOVA. The results of the study indicated that majority of the teachers are not completely familiar with the basic tenets of the Communicative Approach. Also, the results demonstrated that majority of the teachers held moderately favourable attitude towards Communicative Approach but faced various problems which come in the way of successful implementation of it. Based on the findings of the study certain policy implications are made which might enable to improve English Language Teaching. This study also points out to some of the lacunae in the pre and in- service teacher training programmes which need to be rectified.

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