Difference betweem receptive and productive skills
RECEPTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE
The RECEPTIVE SKILLS are listening and reading,
because learners do not need to produce language
to do these, they receive and understand it. These
skills are sometimes known as passive skills. They
can be contrasted with the productive or active
skills of speaking and writing.
The PRODUCTIVE SKILLS are speaking and writing,
because learners doing these need to produce language.
They are also known as active skills. They can be
compared with the receptive skills of listening and
Productive communicative skills are the abilities
that we used to produce a message (output).
While Receptive communicative skills are the
abilities that we need to understand the
In adults Productive skills are composed by
reading, writing and interaction , but in the first
ages it could be pointing or drawing. Where as
Productive communicative skills are composed
by listening and speaking.
Receptive skills should be taught by using Active
method. It is important for the motivation of the
students that our proposals must be interesting
so that the acquisition of knowledge could be
faster. For Receptive skills teachers have to
create a real communicative situation by using
correct material to achieve a useful knowledge.
Receptive skills include understanding when you
listen and when you read. You receive the
language and decode the meaning to
understand the message. While Productive skills
are speaking and writing. You use the language
that you have acquired and produce a message
through speech or written text that you want
others to understand.
Before you are able to use a word correctly and
fully, you have to know quite a bit about it. An
important distinction exists, therefore,
concerning the words that you have locked in
your brain. To capture this distinction, we use
the terms receptive and productive:
You are in receptive control of the words that
you understand when you hear them or read
You are in productive control of the words that
you use to express yourself, in speech or in writing.
To sum up we have to combine active and passive
skills in our lessons with the aim to teach the real
Finally I really believe that having a good English
level means to understand and to produce the
language , so we should teach it all together.