What is the Audio-Lingual Approach?

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Audio-lingual Approach

Audio means sound – Lingua means tongue (in Latin)

 

In World War II, American soldiers in Europe needed to talk to the French and sometimes try to listen to what German or Italian soldiers were saying. The Problem: they only had ~3 months to practice! Techniques were used to get students speaking and listening very, very quickly. Here are the basic exercises created:

Make a Sentence: Students make the same kind of sentence with new words.

The cat is on the house...
The cat is in the house...
The cat is by the house.....

This is a really simple example sentence. But you can use this for harder grammar. When you are studying, try to only change one small part of the sentence at first… When that is easy… Change two parts:

The cat is on the house next door...
The cat is in the house across the street...
The cat is by the house around the corner.....

If you can read this article… this example is probably pretty easy too. But this can get harder and harder. You can ask and answer questions with a partner to improve many of your grammar problems or just speak faster.

Where was the cat an hour ago?......... The cat was next door...
Where is the cat now? ......... The cat is in the house across the street...
Where will the cat be tonight? ......... The cat will be by the house around the corner.....

 The main thing is that you want to make small, simple changes to your sentences. Just change 1 thing in each new sentence… When that is easy, change two!

This is a good exercise to help you speak more fluently with one kind grammar problem.

It is not enough to help you speak fluently fluently in an interview or conversation.

In real life, people say all kinds of things! Students need many different kinds of study exercises if they want to grow truly fluent in the language. Do you want to read about more study exercises and learn to use them together and grow fluent? If yes, start reading here to learn The Best study techniques and how to use them to master English!

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