ERIC Number: ED273103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Relationships between the Teacher, the Learner and Methods in Foreign Language Teaching: Some Basic Considerations.
The relationships between the teacher, learner, and methods in second language teaching are complex, and success or failure in language learning and teaching cannot be attributed to any single factor. No method is best in an absolute sense; there are only methods that are better suited to specific situations. At present, the general trend is toward communicative approaches and a sociocultural emphasis. It is important to ensure that a method is suitable for a particular learner's, or group of learners', aptitudes, needs and interests, age and instructional level, and time available. The suitability of the method is also related to the teacher's understanding of the method, the learner, and the learning context. These factors suggest that teacher training should accommodate teachers' personal characteristics and produce teachers with knowledge of the target language, macrolinguistics, and didactics and skills in classroom management and educational technology. In addition, teacher training should be carried out using the same communicative methods the teachers are expected to use in the classroom. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Willems, Gerard, Ed., Communicative Foreign Language Teaching and the Training of Foreign Language Teachers; see FL 015 917.