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Pre-communicative Practice, Level 1

I call level 1 of the pre-communicative practice the level that covers drills when students work in pairs repeating over and over dialogues based on a picture or pre-set situation, like:

- "Hello."
- "Hello."
- "Who are you?"
- "I'm Adam. Who are you?"

- "What is this?"
- "It's a jacket."
- "What colour is it?"
- "It's a red jacket."

- "Have you done your homework for today?"
- "Yes, Mr. Higgins, here it is."

- "What time shall we meet tonight?"
- "Say 7 o'clock?"
- "7? OK, see you then."

If you repeat any of these dialogues even 300 times with your colleagues and you think your brain is going to explode any minute now, you think you're ready to use them correctly in real life with real people. Well, not really... If your teacher brings along a friend who'll try to have one of these conversations with you, but casually, you may respond correctly and without hesitation, but you will sound like you always did: like a student repeating a mechanical answer in the classroom and this isn't like a real life conversation.

You get to sound real only after you've practised the conversations in a real life situation as many times as necessary until the listener's reaction is the predicted one. You get to this stage when you master the communicative practice level.

First, you have to master the pre-communicative practice level 2.

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