Fez - While knowledge of language rules is important in every ESL/EFL context, these language rules remain useless if they do not conform to social norms. Highlighting the importance of the social aspect of language, Hymes (1972) pointed out “There are rules of use without which rules of usage will be useless.” Knowing the rules of language remains just one aspect of language knowledge; however, this knowledge is described as useless since it cannot help one to express oneself in real communication. Being aware of the importance of the social aspect of language, the Moroccan Baccalaureate curriculum aims to develop students’ sociolinguistic competence under the purview of the so-called Competency Based Approach.

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Mohamed Benhima is a master student of Applied Language Studies and Research in Higher Education (ALSRHE) in Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez.