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Webinar: The Centrality of Communicative Competence in English Language Teaching and Assessment

Dear Colleagues,

IATEFL Poland, Alicja Gałązka and Alex Thorp

have the pleasure to invite you to the webinar

which will take place on

Thursday, 21st January 2021, between 20.30 and 21.30, CET.

This webinar will concern:

The Centrality of Communicative Competence

As English teachers, we understand that at the heart of our teaching is the aim of facilitating learners in their functional use of the language, in the ability to communicate in real-world scenarios both effectively and efficiently. This session considers the original models of communicative competence, seeking to unpack exactly what skills a learner of any language needs to acquire to be able to communicate in this way, considering not only linguistic and discourse competences, but also sociolinguistic and strategic skills.

We go on to explore how more recent models of interactional competence have emerged, giving insight into how the complex interface of cognitive and social dimensions influence the efficacy of a learner’s communication. Finally, through consideration of contemporary English tests, we will explore the challenge of operationalising these models into assessments, discussing how we can adequately test these competencies in the contemporary communicative assessment.


Professional profiles

Alicja Gałązka

Alicja Gałązka is a psychotherapist, psychologist, linguist, a licensed coach and international master trainer. A President of ICI (International Coaching Institute) in Poland. She is an academic teacher, researcher, works at the University of Silesia in Poland and is a head of the Language Centre FUTURE in Poland. She is an author of over 200 articles published in Polish and English and an author of own method of teaching languages through drama “Future Learning System”, based on cognitive and positive psychology. She has been researching and practicing drama for years. Her main interest is psychology and drama in the ELT classroom. A coordinator and participant of many international projects. Coordinator of two SIGs: Psychology in ELT and Drama in ELT in IATEFL Poland. A regional adviser for Trinity College London in Poland.

Alicja’s main areas of expertise: Scientific research, psychotherapy, coaching and consulting personal and organizational. Working in two main sectors: Medicine and Education. She actively works with teachers, school managers and pupils on developing their well-being and resilience. Her main areas of specialization are:

  • Psychotherapy
  • NLP
  • Research
  • Personal and organizational development
  • Medical care system workers
  • Education
  • Business
  •  Stress and Burnout management
  •  Self-compassion therapy

Alex Thorp

Alex Thorp is Lead Academic, Language (Europe) at Trinity College London and previously had over 15 years’ experience heading a teacher training department. With special interests in Assessment, Neuro-linguistics and Educational Psychology, he presents the world over with the aim of supporting best practices in language teaching and assessment.

Alex Thorp

Trinity College London – the international exam board for performing arts and English language qualifications

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