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Language carries not only functional meaning but also social meaning (Littlewood : 1981). Therefore, in foreign language learning, learners have to pay attention to the interaction part as well as the transaction part of the language. To communicate effectively requires more than mastery of the language skills, therefore, other communicative abilities should also be taught to the learners if meaningful communication is the learning purpose. To do this, learners must be exposed to language approximate to the kind of communication situation encountered outside the classroom. This kind of language is best represented in the form of dialogue. This paper will discuss the exploitation of dialogue in the four skill areas in English language teaching.



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