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There are various teaching methods, which may work with different students, for example, less patient advanced learners may prefer grammar- translation when encountering complex and vague concepts.
Though currently Engage, Study and Activate is the mainstay of current ESL teaching. Personally I think certain methods can be appropriate for certain activities and learning goals, as an example I would point to the fact the silent way could be useful in a teachers role as a prompter during stundent discussion or story telling, while audio lingualism, in my opinion should have a reduced role, but is useful sparingly. A teacher should always remember during lessons that elicitation is preferred over lecturing. Lessons should always begin with an engage session so students feel motivated and interested in learning, and then lessons should end with an activate phase to make sure that the lesson was taught properly and that students have an opportunity to use the knowledge they recently acquired. In between, any pattern of engaging, studying and activation can be used. Finally, when teaching feedback can be crucial to help students improve, moreover, positive feedback should be given more often than correction. Also, errors should be corrected, while mistakes should not, as to make the learning environment less stressful.