Publisher: Pro Lingua Associates
Teaching Languages is a clear and practical handbook that describes and illustrates 20 techniques and 17 tactics for teaching and learning any spoken language.
The techniques are classroom practices that may take a full 50-minute class. There is typically a beginning (presentation), middle (practice), and end (production) to the full lesson. A sampling of the techniques includes:
- Rhythmic Rhymes
- Line Ups
- Information Gaps
- Reader’s Theater
- Story Telling
- Role Plays
Tactics usually focus on practice, and often require only a few minutes of class time. Frequently they are used spontaneously, as an error or question occurs in a lesson. They usually focus on a pronunciation, vocabulary, or grammar problem. They include:
- Stress and Intonation Practice
- Transformation Practice
- Scrambled Sentences
- Spontaneous Pattern Practice
- Chain Practice
Although designed for the teacher in training, experienced teachers will often find a new tool for their “toolbox” – a new way to do something or a format they can use and adapt to create their own material.