HOW TO IMPROVE THE SPEAKING SKILLS THROUGH THE COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH
ResumoThis study aims at analyzing appropriate ways to promote language learning in the classroom based on the Communicative Approach, taking as main study references Jeremy Harmer (1998), Jack C. Richards and Theodore S. Rodgers (1986). This theme was chosen due to the importance given to oral communication during the process of learning a language. For the accomplishment of this study, some proposals to improve the speaking skills and interaction - to assess the students' effectiveness - will be illustrated in order to show how the proposals get done into classroom practice. The student and the teacher`s roles will be presented in order to achieve the communicative goals efficiently and to promote a valuable interaction between these characters. The article reveals that a) the Communicative Approach contributes to the students' motivation while developing the target language; b) the Approach helps students to produce language for specific situational contexts easily; c) the students are able to understand an extended authentic discourse without thinking about isolated words; d) the activities also have an influence on the student's written production. It is believed that the theme analyzed at this study will help the teachers in their teaching practice, especially concerning the development of students' fluency.