Issues in Applied Linguistics
Communicative Competence: A Pedagogically Motivated Model with Content Specifications
- Author(s): Celce-Murcia, Marianne
- Dornyei, Zoltan
- Thurrell, Sarah
- et al.
This paper argues the need for an updated and explicit description of language teaching areas generated with reference to a detailed model of communicative competence. We describe two existing models of communicative competence and then propose our own pedagogically motivated construct, which includes five components: (1) discourse competence, (2) linguistic competence, (3) actional competence, (4) sociocultural competence, and (5) strategic competence. We discuss these competencies in as much detail as is currently feasible, provide content specifications for each component, and touch on remaining issues and possible future developments.