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24. Fashions in Language Teaching Methodology

BOB ADAMSON


Subject Applied Linguistics » Language Teaching

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405138093.2005.00030.x


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Language teaching, as this volume amply demonstrates, is a complex undertaking. It is an enterprise that is shaped by views of the nature of language, of teaching and learning a language specifically, and of teaching and learning in general; and by the sociocultural settings in which the enterprise takes place. Thanks to its multidisciplinary nature, applied linguistics has contributed research- and practice-based ideas that have helped to shape these views, and promoted understanding of the diversity and commonalities of the settings. One product of applied linguistics has been attempts to crystallize the theoretical views of language, education, and language education into prescribed teaching materials and strategies, or methods. The abundance of methods derived from different theoretical standpoints has led to the emergence of a field of study - methodology. Another product of applied linguistics has been the heightened awareness in the literature of the significant role of the sociocultural context in which language education is occurring, which in turn undermines the notion of generalizability on which methods are premised. Despite the claims of proponents of some methods, no consensus has emerged, nor is likely to emerge, as to the “best” or “right” way to teach a language - indeed there have been calls to abandon the search for what Richards (2001 , p. 167) calls the “supermethod” ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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