By Teacher Trainer & EFL Teacher Fathi Bouguerra
« It is obvious that we are not likely to find one method that will suit all learners, all teachers and all occasions »
Doug Brown used the term principled eclecticism and Diane Larsen Freeman chose “informed eclecticism”. That is a teacher has to be informed and once informed has to choose wisely from among the available practices to create her own unique blend that would be appropriate for her own personality and teaching style, for her own student and the circumstances in which the teaching is taking place.
Eclecticism came after years of reflection on different trends in language teaching. It appeared in a period when English teachers have discovered that no single teaching method deals with every thing that concerns the form, the use and the content of the target language.
An eclectic teacher has to be cooperative because the more we share and communicate with each other the richer we become in our knowledge and the more successful in our practice. She has also to be funny because when students laugh they can learn better. In other words the use of humour makes the classroom atmosphere more pleasant, increases interaction between teacher and student and there fore makes learning more enjoyable.
“We shouldn’t colonize others with our methods, but it seems to me that teachers can make up their own minds in the best for all worlds”
D. L. Freeman