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Audio-Lingual Method

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Thu, 26 Nov 2009 9:08 pm

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Sat, 28 Nov 2009 1:47 pm

Hi there,

Audio-lingual method was one of the "scientific" approaches to language learning. In its extreme form the sequence of the lesson could be quite precisely set out. The central ideas are that correct responses should be rewarded and while learners are not 'punished' for wrong answers they have to be aware of the mistake. Learning happens each time you produce a correct utterance.
There's actually a lot of A-L in modern course books.

One interesting thing about the method is it was developed for military use. Soldiers need to be able to give clear orders in foreign languages (move away, we are peaceful, we won't kill you...) - they don't need to chat. That in a sense is where A-L eventually failed for most language learners - people want to do more with language and the social communicative side of learning becomes more important.

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