The Spirit of Post-Method Era Produces Innovative Methodologies and Successful Learners


In ELT, transition from Grammar Translation Method to Direct Method was considered revolutionary. Every new method or approach was seen as path breaking. The ELT specialists agreed that there was no such thing as ‘one size fit for all’ in ELT. The spirit of post method era is indeed a paradigm shift. If the methods era belonged to the experts and specialists in ELT, the post method era belongs to the teachers. The teacher is empowered to decide on the method(s) to be used for the learners. The teacher knows and understands the level and needs of the learners; and ultimately decides on ‘what to teach’, ‘how to teach’, ‘when to teach’, etc. In India, tertiary level of education is in English generally. A vast majority of learners entering the tertiary level of education have L1 as their medium of instruction. So, a change from L1 to L2 as the medium of instruction is a very big challenge for the learners as well as for the teachers. Therefore, it is in the hands of the teachers to design an appropriate method to address this challenge. The researcher, having faced this daunting task, has successfully designed a method to impart English language skills to the learners entering tertiary level of education. This paper discusses this method in detail, with practical insights gained from the experience.

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Maria Arokiaraj, Sacred Heart College, India

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Conference: ECLL2014
Stream: Innovative language teaching and learning methodologies

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