Used as a language teaching method during the Second World War II (in the 1940s) to train interpreters,code-room assistants, translators, and military personnel.
Main Purpose

To teach a language orally without using the mother tongue, as well as to read and comprehend texts.

Theory of Language

Language is primarily an oral phenomenon.

Theory of Language Learning

All native languages ​​are learned orally before being written. The target language ​​should be learned in the natural order, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Describes the process of learning in terms of conditioning.

Salient Feature

This method was considered a scientific approach to language teaching. It proposes to start learning a language orally before the other modalities, making useof colloquial language.

It is inductive.


  • Emphasis on oral skills, preparing students to cope with everyday situations in the community speaking the target language.

  • Promotes automaticity.

  • Use of visual aids for vocabulary teaching.

  • Provides a wide array of vocabulary and grammar structure.


Lack of creativity from the students,who merely listen and repeat.

Learning Model

Teaching Activities and Techniques

  • Dialogues.

  • Drills.

  • Sentence structure elicitation and analysis.

  • Guided conversations.

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