Wim Gombert

42 CHAPTER 3 e goal of this chapter is to outline the study that formed the basis of this dissertation and that set out to compare the e ectiveness of two foreign language teaching programs, both of which claim to be Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) methods, but one that is more in line with structure-based and the other with usage-based views of language and language development. e investigation is based on a long term sixyear design of language instruction in all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Before discussing the separate studies in separate chapters, this chapter brie y mentions some of the challenges faced in conducting the study and discusses and justi es the overall research method. At the end of the chapter, the speci c research questions and separate studies to answer these research questions are presented. e aim of the chapter is thus to provide a framework in which to embed the experimental subsequent chapters.