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What is a language learning approach?



A language learning approach consists of the following three elements:

  • views about the nature of language
  • beliefs about language learning, and
  • ideas about how the above should be applied practically to language learning and teaching.

Richard and Rogers (1986) cite the following examples of approaches:

  • The Oral Approach
  • The Structural Approach
  • The Natural Approach
  • The Communicative Approach

A brief survey of approaches and methods for more on each of these approaches.


Brown 1994, p. 159, Richards and Rogers, 1986

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