Communicative Approach in Spanish

We have already discussed how technology has given us exciting opportunities to learn languages. But those are not the only methods of modern teaching. Find how having a communicative approach in Spanish can help you improve your fluency.

Communicative Approach in Spanish

Past and Present, Prepare for the Future

In the past, only people from the higher classes learnt languages. Many of them never even used them outside of their social circles. For example, Russian aristocrats often talked to each other in French and never used the language in natural contexts. In fact, the popularity of French decreased immensely after the context of the French invasions carried by Napoleon.

Others learnt languages who were no longer in use, such as Latin. However, Latin was also important in some social contexts, because it was used in churches across Europe until the early 20th century.

But after the 1960s and through the 1970s and 1980s, language learning gained a much more practical purpose. As international travel saw an unprecedented increase, the need to communicate in other languages grew as well.

This trend continued until our days, and it is now common to find people who have travelled the world from Spain to China or from Chile to Congo. Sometimes, this happens due to work, while other times curiosity for other cultures and civilizations takes the lead. But in short, it means language speakers now aim to actively communicate with speakers. And that is why here at Spanish Gurus we have a communicative approach in Spanish classes.

So what is a communicative approach in Spanish?

Having a communicative approach in Spanish classes prepares students for different realities. Because, if you are going to travel the world or work in Latin America, we know you won’t survive based on perfect grammar or rehearsed sentences.

Instead of focusing on the 14 regular verb tenses of the language, our communicative approach in Spanish assures you will be able to really interact with other speakers. And there are several activities we use to achieve it.

Roleplaying is a great way to put yourself in another person’s shoes. In turn, this will force you to learn new vocabulary. For example, imagine a group of colleagues who is roleplaying as Cuban citizens. How will that change the conversation? And of course, you train your speaking skills at the same time!

Interviews are another popular exercise in a communicative approach in Spanish. By asking you unexpected questions, you will have to improvise and force yourself to think in a different language.

Information gap is the type of exercise where you need the help of your colleagues to complete a task. You need their “information”. Information gaps actually happen in real life whenever you’re lost and need directions or advice.

In sum, pair work and group activities prepare you for different situations, which makes them an important part of a communicative approach in Spanish. Get started with a Spanish trial class here!