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Aspects of communicative competence



Communicative competence is a concept introduced by Dell Hymes and discussed and redefined by many authors. Hymes' original idea was that speakers of a language have to have more than grammatical competence in order to be able communicate effectively in a language; they also need to know how language is used by members of a speech community to accomplish their purposes.


The modules in this section identify eight aspects of communicative competence. They are grouped together in two groups of four:

  Linguistic aspects
  • Phonology and orthography
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Discourse (textual)
  Pragmatic aspects
  • Functions
  • Variations
  • Interactional skills
  • Cultural framework
In this module group
See also

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