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The implementation of the Competency-Based Approach (CBA) has given teachers a hard time in several educational contexts worldwide, including Cameroon. In the domain of English language teaching, emphasis has been laid so far on the why aspect of the reform and on context-related challenges to its implementation, whereas very little has been said about how teachers in under-resourced contexts could implement it successfully in their classrooms. It is from this perspective that the present paper discusses five language teaching strategies that could facilitate the implementation of the CBA in the English classroom. It equally provides teachers with contextappropriate examples of how to integrate those teaching strategies into English lessons for improved teaching and learning outcomes. In so doing, this study fosters the idea that the CBA, though an imported educational innovation, has cultural relevance for Cameroonian teachers and learners.

 Résumé: L’implémentation de l’Approche par les Compétences (APC) par les enseignants de classe dans des contextes éducatifs différents à travers le monde n’a pas été chose aisée jusqu’à ce jour. En ce qui concerne l’enseignement de l’anglais, les chercheurs se sont focalisés jusqu’ici sur le pourquoi de la réforme, ainsi que sur les difficultés liées à sa mise en application effective au détriment de comment est-ce que les enseignants en service dans des zones aux ressources insuffisantes pourraient implémenter cette nouvelle approche dans leurs salles de classe. C’est dans la perspective de ce second point que le présent travail propose cinq stratégies d’enseignement des langues pouvant faciliter l’implémentation de l’APC dans le cadre de l’enseignement de l’anglais. Nous mettons également à la disposition des enseignants d’anglais quelques exemples contextualisés d’intégration de ces stratégies dans le but d’améliorer leurs capacités ainsi que le rendement des apprenants. De ce fait, ce travail a permis de développer l’idée selon laquelle l’APC aurait une portée culturelle dans notre contexte, bien qu’elle soit une innovation pédagogique importée


Competency-based language teaching under-resourced context scaffolding collaborative learning authentic materials

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Daniel A. Nkemleke, Ecole normale Superieure,Yaoundé

Department of English
Ecole normale supérieure, University of Yaoundé I

Patrick R. Belibi Enama

Department of English
Ecole normale supérieure, University of Yaoundé I

How to Cite
Daniel A. Nkemleke, & Patrick R. Belibi Enama. (2019). Strategies for enhancing learners’ language competence with special reference to Cameroon. Syllabus, 8(1), 115-136. Retrieved from


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