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Teaching structures in situations

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This title, published in 1967, was intended to be the first in a series of booklets designed to be of practical help to teachers of English as a second language, especially in West Africa. The booklet provides a clear overview of the methodological orthodoxy of the time, situational language teaching.


In the introduction, the authors firstly consider how children learn their mother tongue successfully through everyday situations. The chapters then look at: teaching language and meaning through situations in the classroom; substitution drilling; equipment; and how a selection of grammatical forms can be taught and practised using the recommended methodology. The book focuses on the need to present new language to students in ways that attract the attention of all in the class, and that give all students a chance to practise speaking. It also stresses that a fictional situation which has a strong imaginative appeal will enable students to learn the meaning of language far more successfully than through dictionary work alone.

This book is free to download below as a pdf file.