KUTAISI AKAKI TSERETELI STATE UNIVERSITY
English studies department
FROM TRADITIONAL TO MODERN TEACHING ENGLISH
Nowadays, when the market of education at technology is full of suggestions how to teach English, a very actual issue has arisen: "what methods of teaching do you use?" A thoughtful student or a businessman often stops in front of bookshelves, full of linguistic literature or books on media and steadily goes through the long list of advertisements. One of the true criteria is - price, but the main one ... - "English in two weeks", "The communicative Methods of Teaching English", Effective Express - methods", "English on Subconscious Level."
The new and unknown items has always caused suspicion. Can we rely on modern technology? Or are more reasonable "brands" such as: - "Bonk", "Ekersley" or "Headway"?
Most wide spread methods of teaching are the following:
Classical ways of teaching languages
Emotional - semantic methods
Preparing for test and qualification examinations.
It is evident, that in the XX century a revolution in the methods of teaching English took place. In early times priority was given to Grammar, to mechanical study of vocabulary, to reading a text and a particular attention was paid to its literary translation. These "old school" methods were quite fruitful, but due to what? The teaching of language required a lot of labour. The tasks were the same: reading the text and working on topics. All these methods help to develop only one function - informative one. It's no wonder that the foreign language was spoken fluently by only few individuals.
Only very purposeful and industrious people were able to learn a language perfectly. However, they could compete with a Cambridge graduate, in terms of their Grammar.