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Teaching approaches

This section focuses on different methodologies and approaches to teaching, from Audiolingualism to Total Physical Response.

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Teaching approaches articles

  • Teaching approaches: what is audiolingualism?

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the concept of audiolingualism.

  • Teaching approaches: the communicative classroom

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the communicative language teaching approach.

  • Teaching approaches: computer assisted language learning

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the development of computer assisted language learning.

  • Teaching approaches: content-based teaching

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the benefits of content-based language learning.

  • Teaching approaches: functional approaches in EFL/ ESL

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing functional approaches to teaching English.

  • Teaching approaches: the grammar-translation method

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the grammar-translation approach to language learning.

  • Teaching approaches: checking-homework Challenge

    Author: Jane Sjoberg Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    Some ideas of how to make the whole-class correction of homework less of a chore and more of an active challenge.

  • Teaching approaches: using L1 in class

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the benefits of using the learners' first language in class.

  • Teaching approaches: the negotiated syllabus

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the notion of the negotiated syllabus.

  • Teaching approaches: what is the silent way?

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the Silent Way approach to language learning.

  • Teaching approaches: what is suggestopedia?

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the concept of suggestopedia.

  • Teaching approaches: task-based learning

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    An article discussing different models for the organization of language lessons, including Task-Based Learning.

  • Teaching approaches: total physical response

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    A discussion of the Total Physical Response approach to language teaching.

  • Teaching approaches: translation as a language learning tool

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the benefits of translation as a language learning tool.

  • Encouraging students to speak

    Author: Paul Charles Type: Article

    This article by Paul Charles aims to narrow the communicative approach into some practical steps towards successful speaking lessons.

  • Playschool for grown-ups? Changing the rules of the game in language teaching

    Author: Daniel Monaghon Type: Article, Teaching notes

    Daniel Monaghon asks whether game-playing has a legitimate place in the ELT classroom.

  • Neuro-linguistic programming

    Author: Judith Baker and Mario Rinvolucri Type: Article Staff Room

    Judith Baker and Mario Rinvolucri look at what NLP entails and its relevance to ELT.

  • Crossing cultures

    Author: Evan Frendo Type: Article Staff Room

    Evan Frendo investigates intercultural communication.

  • Making the most of multiple intelligences

    Author: Herbert Puchta Type: Article Staff Room

    For Herbert Puchta, a strong linguistic intelligence isn’t the only key to language-learning success.

  • Approaching a first class with a new group

    Author: Melissa Martin Type: Article

    Melissa Martin's article offers tips on how to approach teaching a first lesson with a new group.

  • How should CLIL work in practice?

    Author: Alex Mackenzie Type: Article

    A thought-provoking article by Alex Mackenzie on how CLIL really is working in practice at his school.

  • What is CLIL?

    Author: Phil Ball Type: Article

    In the week that we launch our sister site, Onestopclil, Phil Ball analyzes a series of broadly-accepted definitions of CLIL - or Content Language Integrated Learning - as a way of highlighting its most significant characteristics.

  • Article: CLIL for ELT

    Author: Keith Kelly Type: Article

    In this article, Keith Kelly explores the definition of CLIL and gives advice to ELT teachers on how to maximize results in the classroom.

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