The Structural Situational approach aims to develop oral proficiency in the language through carefully selected vocabulary which forms a general service list for the learner to use in everyday communication. Language teaching, therefore, begins with spoken English. Materials are presented orally and practised in situations. Grammatical items are graded from simple to complex; simple forms are taught before the complex ones. The use of the mother tongue is avoided. The language of the classroom is English. Reading and writing are not neglected. However, they are introduced only after a sufficient lexical and grammatical basis has been established.
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