Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - Audio Lingualism

 

So what we're going to do is to run through a series of methodologies that were created mainly in the 1900s that adopted the idea that language learning should be much more communicative, much more natural. The first one is called audiolingualism and it's also called the army method because of where it was developed. Basically, psychology, during the 1950s and 60s, was building up new theories about behaviorism. Perhaps the most famous experiments that were done in this particular area were by Pavlov, where he was showing that most animals undergo a stimulus response mechanism and he had a series of famous experiments, where by ringing a bell, he could cause a dog to salivate, that would be his response, in the expectation of getting some food. This behaviorist idea of stimulus response was put into an actual teaching methodology. Basically, in the audiolingualism method these two parts of the name tell us what actually happens. "Audio" is to listen and lingual is to repeat. So what we do is a series of drills and these intensive verbal drills help us to get the use of the particular language.


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Evaluation is an important part of learning. Especially when it is seen as a tool to help students to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The result of this assessment will also provide valuable information to the teacher, who can identify those areas which need more practice and adapt future lessons in order to help students to reach their goals.This was a very engaging unit. In particular, I found the section on the physical role/location of the teacher during a lesson to be particularly interesting. It made me evaluate my current styles of classroom teaching, and it made me realize that my students will likely see more growth if I'm available, but not ever-present during some parts of a lesson.