What is Communicative English?

Jai Bhim International is an evolution of community, and our Communicative English Workshops have evolved within a community of Dalit youth. The Dalit students with whom we collaborate have identified English language learning as an educational need, essential to their individual development and to the empowerment of their communities. JBI has been developing Communicative English Workshops with youth across India. We imagine Communicative English Workshops as dynamic learning communities, at the center of the Jai Bhim
caste-free generation.

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Communicative English is

  • based on real language, as used day-to-day
  • curious about how language functions
  • rich in useful vocabulary
  • expressive, active, and fun

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We practice English together

  • to connect with others
  • to communicate in real situations
  • to talk about our own experiences
  • to express our emotions
  • to learn from one another

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A Communicative English Teacher

  • is also a learner
  • is curious, imaginative, and flexible
  • is culturally-aware and culturally-sensitive
  • expresses cross-cultural understanding
  • has faith in students' capacity to learn
  • designs lessons according to students' needs and interests
  • guides learning, drawing on her own language mastery
  • communicates clearly and encourages clear communication

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Communicative English Learners

  • develop confidence in their ability to learn
  • are active, rather than passive, in their own learning process
  • are curious about, and receptive to, new information
  • have fun learning
  • are inquisitive; they question, reason, challenge
  • are encouraging, helpful, and cooperative
 
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Communicative English Lessons

  • are taught in English-only, with no translation from the teacher
  • are theme-based, around areas of interest to learners, starting with their own names, and families and friends
  • consist of 10-15 minute learning tasks, varied and engaging, but never rushed
  • have transparent learning outcomes, which are clearly communicated
  • encourage basic speaking and listening comprehension skills for clear communication
  • honor a "silent phase" for learners not yet ready to speak
  • present language structures in context, through repetition & practice, for learners to infer grammar patterns
  • integrate reading and writing skills as appropriate
  • include learning activities that may be extended and altered as needed by learners
  • utilize assessment to review and reinforce material and celebrate mastery, always relaxed and encouraging
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The Learning Environment

  • is student/learner-centered, rather than teacher-centered
  • is comfortable, friendly, and encouraging
  • is active, exploratory, and cooperative
  • is empowering, based on the principles of a “democratic classroom”
  • views the classroom as a place where social change happens
  • is where it's ok to make mistakes 
  • celebrates progress and motivation
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A Communicative Learning Space

  • is student-centered, with all furniture and learning props serving the language needs of learners
  • is constantly re-configured to facilitate effective communication
  • is one where the teacher moves around, rather than standing or sitting in one spot
  • encourages students to get up and interact with others
  • utilizes visual props, with which both the teacher and the learners interact
  • allows for tasks that utilize different learning modalities; aural, oral, visual and kinesthetic
  • can be created anywhere