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TESOL Videos - Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - The Classical Method
Before looking at the methods or approaches themselves, there are some terms that we need to define. These are the approach, the method or the technique. Basically, these are hierarchical. The approach is an overriding set of principles that a method can actually make use of, whereas the technique are the things that we actually do in the classroom to approach that method. So, these three words are going to appear during the presentation. Again, for each of either the approaches all the methodologies we're going to ask four questions. So be it an approach or a method for each of those things: Where did it come from? What's its background? What does it involve when we're talking about actually in the classroom, in other words techniques? What is positive about it? What appears to work about that methodology or approach and what is negative what doesn't work so well? Basically, we're going to look at it in a historical viewpoint. So, we'll start with the oldest particular teaching methodology, which is known as the classical method. The classical method was given its name basically because it was trying to teach the classics in language, which is ancient Greek and Latin. Those particular languages are now dead. This methodology was probably started somewhere around the 17th century and the purpose of this particular methodology was for scholars to be able to translate old Greek and Latin texts into their particular language. If we take the language that we usually speak, our native language, that is often given the designation L1 and the language that we are trying to translate that to, let's call it the target language, is given the designations L2.
Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.
This unit discussed management of classrooms. The first part of this is being aware of yourself and effectively using eye contact, gestures, your voice, and students' names. The next area visited was grouping of students. Groupings include whole-class grouping, students working on their own, group work, and pair work. Each of these have their own set of pros and cons, and a variety of these should be used in a way that is not repetitive. Pair and group work are especially important to increase student talk time. Next, the unit discussed classroom arrangement. This is dependent on a number of factors, such as space available, type of setup given, students' age, nationality, and student personality. Another thing to be considered is the teacher's position in the classroom, which can indicate what their role is at the time and what kind of activity is going to happen. It's extremely important to spend as little time as possible with your back to the class, but it is sometimes inevitable when you need to write on the board. The unit does discuss ways to avoid this when writing on the board, such as writing while students are working on another task or writing in small sections. After this the unit discussed giving individual attention to the students. It is vital to know all of their names to avoid leaving out certain students or giving some more attention than others. Another poin