What is the Direct Approach?

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The Direct Approach - 1900s

In the early 1900s, people started traveling all over the world. People needed to listen and speak to each other. Teachers in class would would point to things in class and say the name and slowly teach students like babies learn from their parents. Teachers in the direct method were very good at making students responsible to learn the language themselves.

Question the Student: If students made a grammar mistake like “I catched the ball”, and not, “I caught the ball”… A teacher might ask.. I CATCHED the ball??? Then give the student time to try and remember the right grammar. This is really good because that extra time you spend trying hard to find the right answer helps build connections to the new language in your brain.

Speak and Draw: Have a teacher or friend describe a picture (maybe it could be of your house, a beautiful animal or a map of the city). Then once you talked about it, the teacher of friend will tell you draw a new picture. If this sounds fun, you will love Bob Ross videos!

Information gap: 2 students. 2 maps. The maps are only half-finished (maybe one map has all the name of cities and one map has the name of the roads). The students have to talk together to draw everything on the map. They can say anything, they can use their hands and body… But they cannot look at the other person’s map and they must use English. You don’t need to use a map. You can do this with poems, pictures or anything else. This is really good for helping you learn to use the words you already know.

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