One man’s view of European EFL in the 1970’s

Mario Rinvolucri.
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    Mario Rinvolucri.
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The 1970s witnessed a shift in EFL teaching from behaviorist to human-centered methods. Influenced by figures like Adrian du Plessis, the UK embraced humanistic ideals, marking the rise of the humanistic movement in EFL. France and Germany adopted innovative techniques, including drama-based coursebooks. Teacher training centers like International House disseminated humanistic methodologies. Challenges included reorganizing language learning around "notions" and "functions." Globally, diverse EFL experiences, from China's re-training initiative to Japan's spoken English struggles, emphasize the importance of a global perspective. The 1970s set the foundation for both positive and challenging trends in global EFL teaching.
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