Research Paper

Using the Natural Approach in a Foreign Language High-School Classroom

 

Abstract:

The natural approach is a teaching technique built around the idea that language learners should be able to learn a second language in the same way that they learned their first language. The natural approach was introduced in the 1970’s by Tracy Terrell. It is part of the communicative approach; a theory that, unlike the grammar-translation method, favors communicative skills over grammar. Many linguist and teachers disapprove of the method, although it has proven to be effective in some settings. This research paper tries to identify the factors that might influence the effectiveness of the natural approach in a secondary foreign language classroom.

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