Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching

Gupta, Anju S (2015) Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching. Language and Language Teaching, 4 (1). pp. 63-64. ISSN 2277-307X

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There are very few academic books that one can term exciting, and fewer still that one can safely predict will have a great impact on L2 teaching-learning in the twenty-first century. B. Kumaravadivelu’s book about language teaching in the Post-Method era, Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching is indeed such a book. For over a century, language educators sought to solve the problems of language teaching by focusing their attention almost exclusively on Method. Traditionally, it was believed that if we followed the right set of teaching principles, it would lead to effective learning outcomes. However, this thinking has been questioned of late as we have witnessed the rise and fall of several methods in the recent history of language teaching-learning. Most of these methods were meant to produce fluent learners of L2, but evidently, this did not happen. Hence, there is disillusionment with ‘method’ as a means of solving teaching-learning problems. In this ‘postmethod era’, the attention has shifted from method to pedagogy, i.e. to the teaching-learning processes and the contribution of the teacher in these processes.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Gupta, Anju S
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Uncontrolled Keywords: language, teaching, pedagogy
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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