The Natural Approach, by Stephen Krashen and Tracey Terrell
What It’s About: Solid second language acquisition theory that has stood the test of time. There are newer methods that have been developed since this book was published but no better theoretical models—you can use the 5 hypotheses every day to guide quality teaching in your classroom.
Quotable Quotes: “Overt error correction of speech even in the best of circumstances is likely to have a negative effect on the students’ willingness to try to express themselves.” p.177
“The result of language acquisition is a ‘feel’ for grammaticality and an ability to use a rule in real communication.” p. 40
“The Great Paradox of Language Teaching: Language is best taught when it is being used to transmit messages, not when it is explicitly taught for conscious learning.” p. 55