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The Natural Approach: Language Acquisition in the Classroom (Language Teaching Methodology Series) Paperback – 1 Jun 1992

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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents/ESL (1 Jun. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136120296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136120292
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Antonio on 23 Mar. 2013
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I choose this rating because the book gives you many ideas about how to teach a new language using the natural method. It's very practical, there are many examples that you can use in your languages classes. And there are also many pages explaining the natural method. There is balance between the theory and the practice.

I recommend this book to languages teachers who want to use the natural method to teach English, French, Spanish or any kind of language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Must-read 30 Jan. 2010
By H. Lahay - Published on
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This is a must-read for any foreign language teacher. It has helped me immensely as a teacher. Even though the book was written a while ago, it is all still relevant today.
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theory and practice 16 Dec. 2006
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The author discusses theory in the first chapters and practice in the last chapters. I was more interested in theory, so the book seemed to diminuendo. For a reader who is more interested in practice, the book may seem to crescendo.

First, the author makes a quick overview of the history of second language education. It seems that the student's own language was barred from the classroom for the first time in the first decade of the Twentieth Century. If this is true, then most foreign language teachers today are 100 years behind the times.

A Korean English teacher once told me that it was dangerous for foreign language students to practice conversation where there was no teacher or no native speaker to correct errors. I didn't have the documentation handy, so I couldn't tell her that students could do better without all that error correction anyway. Too bad I didn't have the documentation in this book.

The author also summarizes schools of foreign language education other than his own baby. I have wondered how nouns could be taught in TPR (Total Physical Response), now I see that they are used as objects ("Put the book on the table"). The psychological method, the series method, the phonetic method, the direct method, and the audiolingual method are briefly defined.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very good book! 18 Sept. 2011
By ChrisMc - Published on
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I was informally introduced to "natural method" of teaching foreign language this summer at grad school and wanted to find out more, so I bought this book. It is very informative and readable--you do not have to sort through educational jargon to comprehend the concepts. It does not claim to be exhaustive on the topic, and I think I may end up reading more elsewhere, but it does a great job explaining its methodology to someone quite new to the idea.
Resource for both Foreign Language teachers and administrators 27 July 2013
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I have been teaching Spanish as a foreign language for 15 years and this book helped in confirming lots of what I had observed in the classroom - that children learn better via comprehensible input than by intensive grammar and the memorization word lists. With the internet and expanded access to radio and tv in Spanish the ability to present materials to kids that they enjoy has never been better. The best part is that the kids learn and enjoy your class - in fact it can become a welcome break from the tedium of modern schooling and the "teaching to the test" curriculum. I recommend this book for administrators as well because too often those responsible for monitoring teaching practices tend to paint all methods with the same brush and fail to appreciate that the same methods which make a good history class are not the same which make a good FL class.
Classic! 25 July 2014
By Dr. Ron - Published on
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If you really want to know about the Natural Approach, this is THE book. Certainly a classic in ESL literature.
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