ERIC Number: ED121094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
In Search of a Method. Workpapers in Teaching English as a Second Language, Vol. 9, June, 1975.
Prator, Clifford H.
English Teaching Forum, Jan 1976
Though the audiolingual approach has lost much of the support that it once enjoyed from methodologists and language teachers, no new method--fully formulated, coherent, and sufficiently in harmony with current developments in psychology and linguistics--has yet arisen to take its place. Many new directions in language teaching are apparent, most of which seem to be based on pragmatism and eclecticism. The article is built around ten slogans which are seen as possible replacements for the five slogans which Moulton viewed as the basis of audiolingualism. They are: (1) Teaching is more of an art than a science; (2) No methodologist has the whole answer; (3) Try to avoid the pendulum syndrome; (4) Place a high value on practical experimentation without doctrinaire allegiance; (5) Look to various relevant disciplines for insights; (6) View objectives as an overriding consideration; (7) Regard all tested techniques as resources; (8) Attach as much importance to what your students say as to how they say it; (9) Make the needs and motivation of your students your greatest concern; (10) Remember that what is new is not necessarily better. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Dept. of English.
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the Mexican Organization of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Mextesol), (Tampico, Mexico, October 19, 1974)