chapter  10
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Syntactic skill and ESL writing quality

This chapter explains about the concept of a communicative language teaching, one which, in the most general terms, aims to teach communicative competence in a second language along the lines described in Hymes. The tendency in European applied linguistics has been to consider communication from the point of view of what the student will want to communicate. The chapter focuses on the specific universe of discourse which is the teaching of academic writing, and what is said stems from experience in producing and piloting a set of academic writing materials. Throughout, the term semantic syllabus is used as an umbrella term for any syllabus specified in notional and/or functional categories; the word utterance is used for any stretch of discourse, in written or spoken medium. The chapter examines about an area of study that possessing a rich literature as yet comparatively untapped by the applied linguist is that of skills psychology.