Language Competence

Language competence refers to an individual's ability to understand and use a language effectively. It encompasses various aspects, including grammatical competence (knowledge of syntax and morphology), sociolinguistic competence (understanding of social and cultural language norms), discourse competence (ability to produce coherent and cohesive texts), and strategic competence (use of communication strategies to overcome language gaps). Developing language competence is the goal of language education, requiring a balanced approach that addresses all these components through comprehensive instruction and practice.