Like the original, Teaching Languages is a clear and practical handbook that describes and illustrates 20 techniques and 17 tactics for teaching and learning any spoken language. In fact, we developed the original teachers’ handbook for teaching twelve uncommonly taught languages to Peace Corps volunteers.
The techniques are classroom practices that may take a full 50-minute class. There is typically a beginning (presentation), middle (practice), and end (production) to the full lesson. A sampling of the techniques includes:
Rhythmic Rhymes, Line Ups, Valuations Surveys, Information Gaps, Reader’s Theater, Story Telling, Role Plays, Impromptus
Tactics usually focus on practice, and often require only a few minutes of class time. Frequently they are used spontaneously, as an error or question occurs in a lesson. They usually focus on a pronunciation, vocabulary, or grammar problem.