Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - The Direct Method


"In terms of the things that are negative about it, we've already said that it doesn't develop speaking but perhaps the biggest negative point about this particular methodology is that it's very unnatural. Ok, so despite the criticisms of this particular method, and particularly the fact that is unnatural, this particular methodology was in use all the way through the 17th, 18th and 19th century and indeed it's still in use today. However, Gouin in the 1880s and Berlitz in the early 1900s decided that this particular methodology was so unnatural that they wanted to come up with something new. The method that they came up with, they called the direct method. You will also sometimes see it as the natural method. What these two people were saying is that if we wish to learn a language then we should try to recreate the conditions that we learn our native language in and this is what the natural methodology tried to do."

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Evaluation and testing are another big part of teaching that I discovered for myself. I got the general idea about the evaluation and now I know the variety of testing. Let's define four commonly used test in the teaching: placement test, progress test, diagnostic test, practice test and external examination. There are others test for different purposes.In this lesson we learned about types methodologies we use during our teaching. Grammar, audio, presentation, task-based learning, community language learning and many others are used during this. Outside of this we learned about phases of teaching. Engage, study and activate. Every phase is important for different reasons but we cant skip one or another.