Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - The Direct Method


"In terms of the things that are negative about it, we've already said that it doesn't develop speaking but perhaps the biggest negative point about this particular methodology is that it's very unnatural. Ok, so despite the criticisms of this particular method, and particularly the fact that is unnatural, this particular methodology was in use all the way through the 17th, 18th and 19th century and indeed it's still in use today. However, Gouin in the 1880s and Berlitz in the early 1900s decided that this particular methodology was so unnatural that they wanted to come up with something new. The method that they came up with, they called the direct method. You will also sometimes see it as the natural method. What these two people were saying is that if we wish to learn a language then we should try to recreate the conditions that we learn our native language in and this is what the natural methodology tried to do."

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.

In this unit, I have learned about intonations in the English Language. How to pronounce some words in English language and how they should sound. I can now teach sounds of English words to my prospective students. This unit is so very interesting and i have indeed added a lot to myself.I studied English Language at university and completed a module on phonetics and phonology (the sounds of english), so a lot of this was already familiar to me. However, I studied this a few years ago now so it is useful to revise it so that I can confidently teach it to my ESL students.I do agree that the tense system is the hardest part for a teacher, especially young, to teach to their students. This unit gives us clear categories and formats by dividing the grammars into 12 tenses. I appreciate the lists of illustrated tables and the recommended practices afterward.