Listening, then Speaking (then Reading, then Writing): Part three: Method becomes Madness

A long time ago (when the Earth was green), I heard a language-teaching nightmare story about a particular “method” that I want to share. Since I can’t find any references that confirm this story, I won’t slander the “method” by naming it directly. Let’s call this the “Quince Method”. The “Quince Method” (QM) was developed … More Listening, then Speaking (then Reading, then Writing): Part three: Method becomes Madness

Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): Part two: Madness Behind the “Method”

Let’s look, first, at several explanations of the word “method”, then we’ll get into the madness. Webster’s Dictionary: 1:  a procedure or process for attaining an object: as a (1) :  a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline or art (2) :  a systematic plan followed in presenting material for … More Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): Part two: Madness Behind the “Method”

Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): The life, near death and hidden life of the Audio Lingual Method: Part one

We were at war. We had to send troupes over to that far away place. In that far away place, most people did not speak American. Our brave boys would have to be able to communicate, to buy bread, to interrogate prisoners, to give orders, to meet girls. They had to learn languages, and fast. … More Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): The life, near death and hidden life of the Audio Lingual Method: Part one

An Innocent (¿?) English Only Question Posed…. How Was It Answered?

Hey all! Okay, English Only rears its ugly head again (seems to occur about once every four to six months in the forums I follow!), this time in a seemingly innocent question about how to get students to use English in the classroom instead of their native language. If you’ve read my earlier thoughts on … More An Innocent (¿?) English Only Question Posed…. How Was It Answered?

English Pronunciation for the ESL Learner

By using a comprehensive approach towards teaching English pronunciation, the teacher can create a basis for many of the tasks in the ESL class. Pronunciation can become not only an alternative to daily grammar and structure lessons and exercises, it can also support activities such as listening comprehension and word order. Though improving pronunciation is … More English Pronunciation for the ESL Learner