post-method era


Many people involved in teacing English as a second or foreign language believe that the age of methods is well over, and now we're in the post method era. Is the absence of A Method is a method in itself? Some people talk about eclecticism, but to what extent can one be eclectic? How much of all known methods should an English teacher use and follow in his teaching?

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Amir A. Ravayee's picture
Amir A. Ravayee

Dear Friend,

With so many different methods it is difficult to decide which method is the best one. It goes without saying that there is no certain answer as much depends upon your individual circumstances. The personality, culture of the students and their needs will play an important part in your decision. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.That is why we’d better choose an eclectic method.

Amir Abbass Ravayee


mehrez's picture

Thanks for the contribution. I have taught English for 24 years and I have experienced teaching with different methods, but it seems to me that what I have done in my teaching career has been to adapt (not adopt )any given method to my students and the classroom situation, to the extent that I happened to use different methods and approaches in one single lesson, and it has worked for my students. Of course with experience I have become more and more aware of the intricacies of the teaching-learning operation and so remodelled my teaching accordingly.