The Natural Approach: Language Acquisition in the Classroom Revised Edition
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- ASIN : 0136099343
- Publisher : Janus Book Pub/Alemany Pr; Revised edition (September 1, 1996)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9780136099345
- ISBN-13 : 978-0136099345
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First, the author makes a quick overview of the history of second language education. It seems that the student's own language was barred from the classroom for the first time in the first decade of the Twentieth Century. If this is true, then most foreign language teachers today are 100 years behind the times.
A Korean English teacher once told me that it was dangerous for foreign language students to practice conversation where there was no teacher or no native speaker to correct errors. I didn't have the documentation handy, so I couldn't tell her that students could do better without all that error correction anyway. Too bad I didn't have the documentation in this book.
The author also summarizes schools of foreign language education other than his own baby. I have wondered how nouns could be taught in TPR (Total Physical Response), now I see that they are used as objects ("Put the book on the table"). The psychological method, the series method, the phonetic method, the direct method, and the audiolingual method are briefly defined.
Top reviews from other countries
I recommend this book to languages teachers who want to use the natural method to teach English, French, Spanish or any kind of language.