Topics and Taboos or: The Principle of Meaningful Communication

One of my basic teaching or training principles and aims is to create a situation in which ‘meaningful communication’ takes place. What is meant by ‘meaningful communication’? This is one of my main tasks – and sometimes challenges – in every class, and the main thing to find out when getting to know new groups and new students: what are they interested in as individuals, what are their interests (and needs) in respect to the context in which or for which they intend to improve their language skills – in companies their respective jobs – in short, what is meaningful in any given situation. Continue reading