Talk:Approach, method and strategy

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Missing Chomsky reference?[edit]

I notice what appears to be a mistake, or an accidental deletion, in the text under the heading about the "Lexical Approach." Before an edit by Bob M at 20:15 on 26 January 2011, the entry under this heading read: "In 1997, Lewis stated, 'the building blocks are not grammar, functions, notions, or some other unit of planning and teaching, but lexis, that is, words and word combinations.' Even Chomsky has recently adopted a 'lexicon-is-prime' position in his minimalist linguistic theory (using collocations/chunks)."

After the edit, the entry for "Lexical Approach" reads: "In 1997, Lewis stated, 'the building blocks are not grammar, functions, notions, or some other unit of planning and teaching, but lexis, that is, words and word combinations.' It may have influenced in his 'lexicon-is-prime' position in his minimalist linguistic theory (using collocations/chunks)."

I will make a correction by adding the missing name in the phrase "It may have influenced Chomsky...," on the authority of the following sentence from page 132 of Richards, J., & Rodgers, T. (2001). Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (Cambridge Language Teaching Library). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511667305: "Chomsky, the father of contemporary studies in syntax, has recently adopted a 'lexicon-is-prime' position in his Minimalist Linguistic theory."

JEM, 8 Dec 2017

Matrix[edit]

Looking at this I'm wondering what all methodologies have in common (if (anything) and at what points they differ.

Obviously the objective is the same - teach someone English. Where do they differ?

At one level they (I suppose) differ in the assumptions they make about how people learn. Within that, they also differ in the way in which they feel that the learning process can be helped by the teacher. By how much the teacher is seen as a facilitator and how much as an instructor.

I'm just wondering if it would be possible to express this on some kind of at-a-glance matrix.--Bob M (talk) 14:16, 17 April 2013 (CDT)