Grammar Translation Method

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17 Responses

  1. Mohammed

    Thank you! My colleagues started learning the method described in your post

  2. bleusky says:

    thax so much for your efforts.this site helped me lot

  3. VOT says:


    Please refer to the Author, Title, publication and year of the work you cite. In this case you should add:

    H. Douglas Brown, Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, 1994a.

    The (a) is because he published more than one work in the same year.

    Grammar translation can not be considered an “old method” because it is still very much in use in many parts of the world today. Originally it was called the classical method which was originally used to teach Latin and Greek. It was late in the 19th century according to Brown (Ibid.) that the classical method became known as Grammar Translation.

    Faculty psychology wasn’t an approach it was a concept in education.

  4. Hi VOT,

    Thank you for posting your comment. Your comments are always welcome.
    Well Grammar translation was popular in the 19th century. It’s an old method. The method as I mentioned above is still in use in some parts of the world because of some of its merits.
    Faculty psychology is in fact a theory based on the notion that the mind is divided into separate powers or faculties and that these faculties were associated with distinct spatial locations in the brain. The theory was influential in education in the 19th century. Learning Greek and Latin was believed to sharpen mental faculties. And the way these dead languages were taught, that is by using the mother tongue and detailed grammar explanations, was copied to teach modern languages.
    Thank you for reminding me to refer to Douglas Brown’s work. Some of the material presented in this blog consists of my readings of his work as well as of that of Richards and Rodgers. Most of the methods presented here are the gist of these readings. I’ve added a reference to these books at the end of the post. Thank you again for posting your comment and helping me sharpen my faculties!

  5. priya says:

    Hello there,

    I need help on this question ” Where does Methodology derive from?”

    Can anyone help with this question please? Its part of my project research.
    thanks in advance

  6. Nejwa says:

    Hi there,
    I was just wondering, do you still know what pages you used for this piece of writing?

    Thank you!

  7. Munawar says:

    Some tell me about the historical background of Grammar Translation Method, please.

  8. Aisha Rehman says:

    Thank you so much for publishing this article. Its really helpful. Its written to the point, which helps in understanding better.
    Once again
    Thank you!

  9. tatenda says:

    i found this so helpfull….used it to prepare for my presentation…Thanks so much

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