Communicative Approach in Learning the Latvian Language as a Foreign Language

Inga Laizane (Coresponding Author)

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Abstract

In accordance to increase in the number of foreigners in Latvia, the issue of learning the Latvian
language as a foreign language (LATS) is also raised, as well as the appropriate teaching tools and teaching
methods for learning the language. There are relatively many learning tools (approximately 40 textbooks,
without textbooks there are also dictionaries, dictionary, grammar and task stocks), which are based on
different approaches and methods. Thinking about foreigners in Latvia highlights the needs of language
learners, so the process of learning a language based on the communicative approach seems more appropriate.
The purpose of the article is therefore to describe the communicative approach and its implementation in the
acquisition of the Latvian language as a foreign language, which is revealed in both teaching resources and
teaching work. This article is based on studies of scientific literature and analysis of LATS textbooks. Major
studies of foreign authors on the communicative approach were selected. To justify the use of the
communicative approach in the acquisition of the Latvian language as a foreign language, teaching means of
learning the LATS have been analysed. Insufficient understanding of the communicative approach makes think
that it is not suitable for the acquisition of Latvian language as a foreign language. It is falsely believed that
the communicative approach does not work in the learning of grammatical languages, including the acquisition
of Latvian. The communicative approach does not exclude grammar learning and grammar explanations, but
must be closely associated with the communicative goal. Translation exercises in the communicative approach
are also preferable and even recommended. These findings could be useful for practitioners who teach Latvian
as a foreign language but do not feel safe in implementing the communicative approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalRural Environment. Education. Personality. (REEP) Proceedings of the 13th International Scientific Conference
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • communicative approach
  • foreign language
  • Latvian language
  • grammar
  • translation

Field of Science

  • 6.2 Languages and Literature

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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