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ERIC Number: ED478747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 15
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Shopping at the ELT Supermarket: Principled Decisions and Practices.
Gabrielatos, Costas
This article reflects the ongoing development of a principled and flexible methodological framework for English language teaching (ELT) that is free from traditional or dogmatic constraints, flexible enough to take into account new ideas and insights, and critical of current trends and the claims of authorities and experts. It begins by examining common attitudes toward ELT methods, noting that although theorists and researchers have abandoned the search for a single perfect teaching method, there are still language schools that use only one specific method. The paper goes on to examine attitudes toward methodology selection, focusing on several attitudes that are not likely to result in principled teaching (e.g., just using the coursebook and other published materials, using the most popular methodology, using the most modern methodology, using the methodology advocated by experts, applying proven theories and conclusive research findings, and using an eclectic methodology). The paper asserts that principled teaching requires the following: (1) awareness of different views on the nature and use of the target language as well as language learning, (2) awareness of one's own beliefs and theories, and (3) the ability to observe critically, recognize patterns, and draw conclusions. (Contains 46 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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