chapter  17
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Communicative writing practice and Aristotelian rhetoric

The starting point for this paper is 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 (1970). It is not automatically assumed that such a language teaching need necessarily involve a semantic (notional/functional) syllabus, and when the question of syllabus design is touched on at the end of this paper, it is in the context of whether such a syllabus is the most appropriate vehicle of achieving communicative aims.