Co-operation in Conversation

In order to ascertain whether communication has been co-operative, an interlocutor has some maxims to consider. As a consultant, it is important to identify for clients with concerns about effectiveness when co-operation has broken down. A brief description of the maxims of conversation is often useful for helping clients identify their specific concerns.

Communicative Language Teaching

We, as teachers and consultants, may enjoy the study of pragmatics or semantics (or something else!), but it is important, we believe, to revisit teaching methodology and teaching methods in a principled manner. Jack C. Richards is a welcome voice for many teachers and consultants concerned with how learners acquire skills and competencies. We hope that you enjoy his discussion of communicative language teaching in the link below.