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From Approaches and Methods in

Language Teaching By J.C. Richards and

T.S. Rodgers.
Before World War II, there were three methods:

a) A modified Direct Method Approach

b) A Reading Approach.

c) A Reading-Oral Approach.
Problems with these three methods:

1. They lacked standardization of vocabulary and grammar.

2. No one could agree what was important to teach for

beginning, intermediate or advanced learners.

3. They basically, lacked STRUCTURE

The Army Specialized Training
The Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) was

started in 1942.

Native speakers acted as an informant of the language

and as a linguist, as in the Direct Method.

Students and informants gradually learned a language,

ten hours a day for six days a week.

The ASTP continued for two years and by the 1950s, as a

result of many factors Audiolingualism became a

standardized way of teaching a language.

It changed everything again:

a) It made the U.S. Government realize the need for new and

more intensive foreign language teaching methodology.

b) The National Defence Education Act (1958) provided money

for training of teachers, the development of teaching

materials and for the study and analysis of modern

The term Audiolingualism was coined by Professor

Nelson Brooks (1964). In the 1960s, Audiolingualism

began to lose its popularity, but this method is still used

Theory of Language: Structuralism
Structural linguistics
influenced Audiolingualism.

Elements in a language are

linearly produced in a rule-
governed way. Phrases

Linguistic levels are

pyramidally structured. Sentences
Theory of Learning: Behaviourism
Behavioural psychology influenced Audiolingualism.
Behaviourists believe that humans are organisms capable of
learning many behaviours. It depends on three elements:

1. Stimulus: Bring out behaviour.

2. Response: Triggered by stimulus.

3. Reinforcement: Marks the response as being appropriate or

not and encourages repetition which is vital in the learning
Behaviourism Learning Behaviour
Organism Learner.

Behaviour Language behaviour.

Stimulus Content.

Response Learners response.

Reinforcement Reaction
Approach - Conclusions
Foreign language learning is a process of mechanical

habit formation.

Language skills are learned more effectively if they are

learned in spoken form (drills) rather than written form.

Language must be learned in context of the linguistics

and culture.
Design - Objectives
Short-term Objectives Long-term Objectives

Listening comprehension. Language as the native

Accurate pronunciation. speaker uses it.

Recognition of speech
symbols as graphic signs.

The ability to reproduce

these symbols in writing.
Design The Syllabus
Based on a linguistic or structure-based approach to
language teaching. Built on:

1. Step by step linguistic syllabus, which contains:




2. Lexical syllabus of basic vocabulary.

Design Types of learning and
teaching activities.
Dialogues Drills
Distinctive 7. Expansion.
Contextualize key feature of this
method. 8. Contraction.
structures. 1. Repetition. 9. Transformation
Illustrate situations. 2. Inflection. .
3. Replacement. 10. Integration.
Used for repetition and
4. Restatement. 11. Rejoinder.
5. Completion. 12. Restoration.
6. Transposition.
Design - Roles
1. Learner roles: 2. Teacher roles: 3. The role of
They can be Central and instructional
directed by active. materials:
skilled training Model of the Teacher-
techniques. target language. oriented.
External Controls the Tape recorders, a
displays. process of language
Reactive role. learning. laboratory and
They do not Monitors and audiovisual
initiate controls the equipment are
interaction. learners important.
Extensive oral instruction is required where the target
language is used. Typical procedures:

1. Model dialogue. Repeat. Correction of mistakes. Memorize.

2. Dialogues are adapted and then acted out.

3. Key structures are selected and used for pattern drills.

4. Textbooks. Follow-up reading, writing or vocabulary

activities may be introduced.

5. Follow-up activities in a language laboratory.

The decline of Audiolingualism
It was examined in many ways:

1. Theoretical foundations were considered weak in both

language theory and learning theory.

2. Practitioners discovered that the practical results did not

meet expectations.

3. Students were not able to transfer skills to real

communication outside the classroom.

4. Many students found the classes boring and unsatisfying.

Noam Chomsky
He rejected this approach.

His theory of transformational grammar said that

language is creative and generated, not a habit.

Language derives from innate aspects of the mind

and from how humans process experience through
Final Conclusion...
Audiolingualism holds that language
learning is like other forms of learning.
That is the reason why, it stresses the
mechanistic aspects of language learning
and language use.