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.

Imparting knowledge and ensuring that students are learning is imperative. The teacher is key to this process, which encompasses their ability to build rapport, use of physicality from presence to voice modulation, how they arrange the class, their skill and ability to impart knowledge and ensure that that knowledge is absorbed by the students.When going through Unit 6, I was surprised about the different past tenses. As I grew up in school, they never labeled the different kinds of past tenses, so this unit was a bit confusing for me. It's still a bit confusing for me, but I'm slowly learning the differences and being able to tell the differences between the different past tenses.