• SANJAY KUMAR JHA Professor (Linguistics-ELT) Amity University, Gurgaon, India


essential competence, systemic competence, strategic competence, sociolinguistic competence, inter-cultural competence, communicative competence, and research competence


With the world shrinking into a global village, today’s ELT practitioners, unlike yesteryears, need not have merely linguistic or systemic competence for effective teaching in an EFL or ESL classroom. This study hypothesizes that, an ideal ELT practitioner, needs to possess multidimensional competence of six types, namely: Systemic, Strategic, Sociolinguistic, Inter-cultural, Communicative, and Research competence. To maximize teachability of an ELT practitioner and learnability of a learner, the study here presents a brief account of the six types of competence as a quick reference for prospective ELT practitioners and expects them to imbibe these six competence as prerequisites of becoming ideal ELT practiioners. The required data were collected through content analysis; whereas, analytic induction was used to analyze the data.


I. Canale, M. (1983). From communicative competence to communicative language pedagogy. In Diaz-Rico, L.Weed, K. (2006). The Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Handbook (3rd ed). Boston, MA.Pearson.

II. Canale, M., & Swain, M. (1980). Theoretical bases of communicative approaches to second language teaching and testing. Applied Linguistics,1, 1-47.

III. Diaz-Rico, L.T. & Weed, K.Z. (2006). The Crosscultural Language and Academic Development Handbook (3rd ed.) Boston: Allyn and Backon.

IV. Hymes, D. (1972). On Communicative Competence. In C. Brumfit & K. Johnson (Eds.),1979. The communicative approach to language teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

V. Jha, S. K. (2014). An Ethnographic Insight into the Causal Factors of Degrading English Education in Ethiopia. Libya, and India. International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 2(2): pp. 44-55.

VI. Johnson, K. (2008). An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. Pearson Longman.

VII. Neddar, B. A. (2011). The Need for Intercultural and Sociopragmatic Competence in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching” in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intercultural Communication. ed by A. Bedmarek et and Witczak – Lisiecka, I. Pologne: WSSM. PP 77-88 ISBN 978-8360902-25-7

VIII. Nunn, R. & Lingley, D. (2004). Competence and Teaching English as an International Language. Asian EFL Journal.

Additional Files



How to Cite

SANJAY KUMAR JHA. (2017). A COMPACT DECODING OF ESSENTIAL COMPETENCE FOR TODAY’S ELT PRACTITIONERS. International Education and Research Journal (IERJ), 3(5). Retrieved from http://ierj.in/journal/index.php/ierj/article/view/1047