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TESOL Videos - 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."
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Okay...this unit needs some serious work in my opinion. The test to this chapter needs revision to match the material, or the topics need more examples. I think they should have covered penultimate syllables more. Even after reviewing the material, I felt I couldn't find a good answer to #4. Also with question #8, the options are Articles, Verbs, Prepositions, or Pronouns. The material that discusses this topic uses ambiguous wording in regards to the frequency of stress in these structures. \"Auxilary verbs...rarely stressed...Articles..normally unstressed...Pronouns and prepositions..normally unstressed.\" (page 9). #13 is needlessly tricky by mentioning the sequence \"plosive\" followed by \"fricative,\" which would make me think Affricate, but then it also uses the word \"Narrowing,\" which is absent in the discussion of affricate, but it is present in Approximant. Also, there is no word example given for approximant. I think the answers to the question should be worded to reflect the material studied, and strive to not be \"tricky.\" You are not testing someone's understanding of the material by making them second guess themselves, then selecting the wrong answer when they had the right one! Lastly, dedicating 5 questions out of 21 to phonetic script is a mistake unless you are going to give examples of how to use the given chart on page 14. Unless the link was supposed to help with this, but I didn't feel that much emphasis what put on this, so I did not go to the link which was \"offered,\" and not explicitly encouraged to visit prior to taking this unit test. Besides that, \"Sounds Right\" does not appear in the app store for me! Pretty sure I puzzled those last five out, but I didn't finish this unit exactly feeling awesome about how the info was conveyed.