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The 20th century was a period of great experimentation and innovation in language education.  These were almost always based on evolving theories of learning, of language acquisition and of language itself. 

This website aimed to provide some factual and critical information about each of the better-known so-called methodologies. Just as QANTAS covers more of the world than its name, the  Queensland and Northern Territory Air Service, might suggest, this website has grown to become the central repository for most of my work. It allows a wide range of courses, mainly Moodle-based
, to reference it here so that resources don't have to be repeatedly uploaded int
o different places .

For this reason, the sections which have the most content are the areas in which I am most active:
  • Language acquisition
  • Linguistics for language teaching, lexis in particular and the involvement of corpora
Approaches and methodologies have not fared so well.

A marvellous pdf here of online tools by Anne Hodgson. Blog:

NILE ELT Glossary 


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