I’m moderating a Diploma course discussion on methodology this week, so, for a change I thought I’d post a short video of me going on about it.
Seven key quotes on the subject of method, some of which I refer to in the video:
- “Methods are of little interest” Kelly, L.G. 1969. 25 Centuries of Language Teaching. Rowley, MA: Newbury House, p. 2.
- “The development of language-teaching methods … has in fact been empirical rather than theory-directed. […] The fact seems to be that teachers have ‘followed their noses’ and adopted a generally eclectic approach to teaching methods…” Corder, S. P. 1973. Introducing Applied Linguistics. Harmondsworth: Penguin. pp. 135-6.
- “During the sixties and seventies several developments indicate a shift in language pedagogy away from the single method concept as the main approach to language teaching.” Stern, H.H. 1983. Fundamental Concepts of Language Teaching. Oxford University Press, p. 477.
- “The widespread dissatisfaction with the conventional concept of method has produced what I have called a postmethod condition.” Kumaravadivelu, B. 1994. The Postmethod condition: (E)merging strategies for second/foreign language teaching. TESOL Quarterly, 28, p. 43.
- “Methods, however the term is defined, are not dead. Teachers seem to be aware of both the usefulness of methods and the need to go beyond them.” Bell, D. 2007. Do teachers think that methods are dead? ELT Journal, 61, p. 143.
- “I consistently use method to refer to established methods conceptualised and constructed by experts in the field …. I use the term, methodology, to refer to what practicing teachers actually do in the classroom in order to achieve their stated or unstated teaching objectives.” Kumaravadivelu, B. 2006. Understanding Languge Teaching: From Method to Postmethod. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, p. 84.
- “The concept of method has not been replaced by the concept of postmethod but rather by an era of textbook-defined practice. What the majority of teachers teach and how they teach … are now determined by textbooks.” Akbari, R. 2008. Postmethod discourse and practice. TESOL Quarterly, 42/4, p. 647.