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The interactional view of language

 

Introduction
 

The interactional view of language sees language primarily as the means for establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships and for performing social transactions between individuals.

Areas of research drawn on
 

Here are some of the areas of research in this view of language:

 
  • interactional analysis
  • conversational analysis
  • ethnomethodology
Target of language learning
 

The target of language learning in the interactional view is learning to initiate and maintain conversations with other people.

Approaches and methods based on this view
 

Some of the language learning approaches and methods based on this view of language are:

 
  • Strategic interaction
  • communicative approaches
Source
 

Adapted from Richards and Rodgers 1986


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