Teaching Methods: We Teach Communication
Communication, by definition, is the exchange of ideas, information, etc. between two or more people. So, there is usually at least one ‘speaker’ or ‘writer’, a message that is transmitted, and at least one ‘listener’ or ‘reader’ for whom this message is intended. Therefore, life itself teaches us that in order to communicate successfully, you have to be competent in all these four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading).
As far as our teaching is concerned, these modes in which language is used are practised in the way they naturally occur, i.e. the message is sent through speech or writing. Students perceive it through listening or reading and, consequently, this creates the need for their reaction to it through the productive skills of speaking and writing, which again may produce the input for another cycle of the communication flow, etc.