|Methods for Teaching Additional Language Learners (ALL)|
A Community of Language Learners
During the 1950s, 60s and 70s, research by Piaget, Bruner and Rogers significantly influenced the direction of language learning methodology. Classrooms transformed from teacher-directed to a learner-centered focus. I can vividly remember constant changes in our classrooms during elementary school. We went from rows of individual desks and independent paper and pencil tasks to group tables and chairs and hands on learning activities. The rooms changed back and forth according to teachers' styles. Social learning and natural developmental stages of growth paved a new path for SLA too. Learning communities were at the forefront and continue to be valued as best practices in education today. Some popular methods that evolved from "constructivist" theories included: Community Language Learning (CLL), The Silent Way and Discovery Learning, Suggestopedia, Total Physical Response (TPR), and The Natural Approach.