Way may well prove to be its most enduring legacy as it has led indirectly both to the idea of Task-based
Learning and to the widespread use of problem-solving activities in language classrooms.
Suggestopedia is also a teaching model developed by a Bulgarian, Dr. Georgi Lozanov, and basically
eliminates negative barriers to learning. There are two phases incorporated in this approach:
Students learn new information very quickly and efficiently in a state of light relaxation accompanied by
Baroque or classical music. This new material which has been acquired 3 to 5 times faster than with
traditional learning techniques, is now stored passively in the brain. It is then activated by means of
creative, interactive and communicative learning techniques, i.e. grammar games, role play, etc. which
contribute not only to recall and retention but also to the communication skills and personality
development of the students.
Total physical response is based on the theory that the memory is enhanced through association with
physical movement. It is also closely associated with theories of mother tongue language acquisition in
very young children, where they respond physically to parental commands, such as "Pick it up" and "Put
it down". TPR as an approach to teaching a second language is based, first and foremost, on listening and
this is linked to physical actions which are designed to reinforce comprehension of particular basic items.
It is an example of the comprehension approach to language teaching. Methods in the comprehension
approach emphasize the importance of listening on language development, and do not require spoken
output in the early stages of learning. In total physical response, students are not forced to speak. Instead,
teachers wait until students acquire enough language through listening that they start to speak
My personal approach to teaching English incorporates methods that will be able to yield a fitting and
more efficient L2 acquisition process. The approach will basically take advantage of multiple
intelligences such as musical, visual and kinetic exercises to involve all areas of the brain in effective
English teaching to elicit communicative competence in students. I will also employ total physical
response in teaching my students, especially low-level students and children since it provides the best tool
for learning and using new target language.
This approach will not be solely concentrated on speaking and listening but also on reading and writing,
with much emphasis on the speaking and listening activities especially for low-level students. This way
will ensure that all aspects of both receptive and productive skills are acquired.
Before planning any approach to teaching English, one important thing is to analyze students' difficulties
and also figure out why the student wants to learn a language. Once I figure this out, I will then focus my
attention around that. I will then move on to elicit what the student perceives as a difficulty, a challenge,
an obstacle to achieve his goal and then build the right syllabus with the use of the right methodology to
help him achieve his goal. Teaching motivated students assures a high productivity in L2 acquisition, Due
to this, I will ensure students’ motivation and engagement before learning a specific topic, structure, or
If their main motivation is to communicate at work or travelling, I will keep reminding them how, what I
am teaching, will help them communicate at work or when travelling. If a student is anxious and nervous
he won't learn so it is very important to build rapport, I will maintain eye contact, call students by their
names, smile, find something I genuinely like about the student and tell them. If a student is not motivated, I will engage him by choosing topics that he finds interesting, I will present topic in an
interesting way for him, i.e. varying my tone and speed and moving to the next activity on a high.