Audio Lingual Method

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The audiolingual method I) Key Features 1. New material is presented in dialog form. 2. There is dependence on mimicry, memorization of set phrases, and over-learning. 3. Structures are sequenced by means of constractive analysis and taught one at a time. 4. Structual patterns are taught using repetitive drills. 5. There is little or no grammatical explanation. Grammar is taught by inductive analogy rather than deductive explanation. 6. Vocabulary is strictly limited and learned in context. 7. There is much use of tapes, language labs, and visual aids. 8. Great importance is attached to pronunciation. 9. Very little use of the mother tongue by teachers is permitted. 10. Successful responses are…show more content…
Hardware involved extra time, worry and problems, and, for these reasons alone, its use gradually faded away. 7 Series of classroom studies threw doubt on claims made for language laboratory. Showed that this costly equipment did not improve performance of 11+ beginners, when compared with same materials used on single tape-recorder in classroom. But Audio-Lingual/(Visual approach did mark start of the technological age in language teaching and it did introduce important new elements Emphasised need for visual presentation and possibility of eliciting language from visual cues. It placed far more weight on use of foreign language in classroom by both teacher and pupil, and the language used was of far greater practicality. More gifted and energetic teachers used new courses with great success - moved forward to open-ended question and answer work and extended dialogue, designed own supplementary materials, exercises and worksheets. However, generally teachers were disillusioned and dissatisfied with the new methods - at a time when whole secondary education was being reorganised with advent of comprehensive schools. Drilling 1 Submitted by TE Editor on 18 October, 2004 - 13:00 Drilling is a technique that has been used in foreign language classrooms for many years. It was a key feature of audio lingual approaches to language teaching which placed emphasis on repeating structural patterns through oral practice.
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