Experiential Language Teaching

Experiential language teaching (ELT) initially grew out of educational and psychological theories proposing that a subject is learned best if students are involved in concrete, hands-on experiences with the subject. The American educator John Dewey was one advocate of the method. The […]

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Learner Centered Approach

The learner centered approach is a general orientation toward language teaching that has evolved since the 1970s in reaction to teacher-fronted, top-down language teaching classrooms and curriculum. In general, a learner-centered approach focuses on the background, needs, and expectations of students to create […]

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Family Literacy

Family literacy is based on the belief and related research that students will be more successful in school if their parents prepare and support them. Family literacy was first developed to prepare emergent readers for school success by giving information […]

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Cooperative Language Learning

Cooperative language learning is focused on the idea that teaching should make maximum use of cooperative activities and interactions. Fighting against older ideas that teaching should be teacher-fronted and that strong and weak students should be educated separately, cooperative language […]

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What is ESL ?

What is ESL ? The acronym ESL stands for English as a second language. In the United States, ESL refers to the teaching of those students for whom English is not a first language. Some people don’t like the term […]

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Direct Method

As with the Grammar-Translation Method, The Direct Method is not new. Its principles have been applied by language teachers for many years. Since The Grammar-Translation Method was not very effectife in preparing students to use the target language communicatively, the […]

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The Grammar-Translation Method

The Grammar-Translation Method is not new. Earlier in this century, this method was used for the purpose of helping students read and appreciate foreign language literature. It was also hope that, through the study of the grammar of the target […]

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Suggestopedia

Suggestopedia is a teaching method which is based on a modern understanding of how the human brain works and how we learn most effectively. It was developed by the Bulgarian doctor and psychotherapist Georgi Lozanov (see right). The term ‘Suggestopedia’, […]

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Silent Way

Silent Way is an approach to teaching foreign languages developed by Dr. Caleb Gattegno, based on a theory of learning and teaching rather than on a theory of language. Although Caleb Gattegno’s Silent Way did not stem directly from the […]

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