COMPARING TWO DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE TEACHING: GRA

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COMPARING TWO DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE TEACHING: GRAMMAR-TRANSLATION METHOD AND DIRECT METHOD

I think nowadays different teaching methods are being used in combined ways depending on the teacher, the target language, the educational traditions etc. However, because of the globalisation and the growing opportunities for meeting different nations, the use of languages especially the English language now assume even greater importance than before. Simultaneously, speaking and listening skills are emphasised more as a way of successful and fluent communication. Since the whole world is getting more and more utilitarian there is also a stress on teaching useful things. There was always a kind of accuracy-versus-fluency debate which has been impossible to resolve, because different teaching approaches appeal to different students at different times. It is probably best to see the situation not in terms of accuracy work or fluency work, but accuracy work and fluency work. It could be argued that a due measure of both at all levels constitutes a reasonable, balanced approach.

I am going to examine two approaches to language teaching and find the most principal differences between them. The Grammar-Translation Method and the Dire

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