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A Survey of Student Attitudes towards Communicative Language Teaching
This study is designed to assess student attitudes towards communicative language teaching (CLT) in the Italian Program at Indiana University (IU). Since CLT is the approach used in the department for Italian language courses ranging from the beginning to intermediate levels, it could be useful to understand how students in this program respond to CLT. As Sandra Savignon mentions in her study about the use of CLT to teach English to Taiwanese students, many reports and studies designed to analyze the effectiveness of CLT have been based on teacher perceptions rather than student perceptions (225). As Savignon states the “ultimate success in learning to use a second language most likely would be seen to depend on the attitude of the learner” (225). In an effort to gain insight into student perceptions about CLT in the Italian Program at IU, this study focuses solely on student attitudes instead of teacher attitudes.