audiolingual and grammar translation

By | August 21, 2006

Taipei Times – archives

Letter: EFL pedagogy in Taiwan
By Fred Shannon

Sunday, Aug 20, 2006,Page 8

There is still a predominance of audiolingual and grammar translation approaches in English language teaching in Taiwan. Thus, communicative activities and authentic language tasks that are meaningful for the students and create opportunities for them to engage in real communication and social interaction are not often planned for here. While the traditional teaching methodologies do help to prepare students for reading and writing English, they do not give students the opportunity to practice and develop their speaking and listening skills

An interesting letter to the Taipei Times, but unfortunately as one of my colleagues said “is there anything new in it?” Then why bother.

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