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Earl W. Stevick




1950. The 'Deferred Preposition'. American Speech. Vol. 25  No. 3  pp.211-214. (source)

1967. The Modular Mousetrap. TESOL Quarterly. Vol. 1  No. 3  pp.3-10. (source)

1972. Who's Who in Language Transfer. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching. Vol. 10, No. 1-4, pp. 105-122. (source)

1974. The Meaning of Drills and Exercises. Language Learning: A Journal of Research in Language Studies. Volume 24  Issue 1  pp.1-22. (source)

1974. Language Instruction Must Do an About-Face. The Modern Language Journal. Vol. 58  No. 8  pp.379-384. (on defensive/receptive/ reflective learning). (source)

1975. Alienation as a Factor in the Learning of Foreign Languages. Paper. Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. (source)

1975. Joan Morley, Betty Wallace Robinett, Earl W. Stevick. Round Robin on the Teaching of Pronunciation. TESOL Quarterly. Vol. 9 (1)  pp.81-88. (source)

1978. Toward a Practical Philosophy of Pronunciation: Another View. TESOL Quarterly. 12 (2)  pp.145-150. (source)

1981. Learning a Foreign Language: The Natural Ways. On TESOL '81. Selected Papers from the 15th Annual Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Detroit, MI. March 3-8.. (source)

1983. Memory in the Language Classroom in Applied Linguistics and the Preparation of Second Language Teachers: Toward a rationale. Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. pp.362-369. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press.

1984. Talking Shop: Earl Stevick on Humanism and Harmony in Language Teaching. ELT Journal. Volume 38  Issue 2  pp.103–107. (source)

1984. Similarities and Differences Between Oral and Written Comprehension: An Imagist View. Foreign Language Annals. Vol. 17  Fasc. 4  pp.281. (source)

1984. Curriculum Development at the Foreign Service Institute.  (source)

1992. Social Meanings for how we Teach. In James E. Alatis (ed.) Georgetown University Round Table of Languages and Linguistics: Language, Communication and Social Meaning. pp.428-435. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. (source)

1992. Ann, Bert, Carla, Derek, and Oakley's Thesis. Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. pp.335-342. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. (source)

1993. Imagination and Memory: Friends or Enemies? Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning. Volume 1  pp.11-21. (source)

Teaching African languages

1955. Syntax of Colloquial East Armenian: PhD thesis presented at Cornell University. (source)

1959. Inflection of the Manyika Verb. Nada: The Southern Rhodesia Native Affairs Department Annual. Issue 36  pp.30–45. (source)

1960. The Implosive-Explosive Contrast in Manyika. African Studies. 19, 2. (source)

1964. Two Bantu Consonant Systems. Language: A Journal of the Linguistic Society of America.  Vol. 40  No.1  pp.58-74. (source)

1965. Pitch and Duration in Two Yoruba Idiolects. Journal of African Languages.  4 (2).  (source)

1966. The Substantive Paradigms of Manyika. African Studies. 25, 3, pp.115-138. (source)

1967. The Teaching of African Languages in the United States Since 1961. African Studies Bulletin. 10, 1, pp.16-21. (source)

1969. Pitch and Duration in Ganda. Journal of African Languages. 8, pp.1-28. (source)

1969. Tone in Bantu. International Journal of American Linguistics Vol. 35  No. 4 pp.330-341. (source)

1969. Jack Berry, Earl W. Stevick. Oral Data Collecting and Linguistics in Africa. Journal of the Folklore Institute. Vol. 6 No. 2/3  [Special Issue: African Oral Data Conference], pp. 93-110. (source)

1970. Earl W. Stevick, Frederick Katabazi Kamoga. Luganda Pre-Training Program. Foreign Service Institute, Washington. (source)

Religion and language teaching

2009. Earl W. Stevick, Carolyn Kristjánsson. Afterword: The Dilemma. In Mary Shepard Wong, Suresh Canagarajah (eds.) Christian and Critical English Language Educators in Dialogue: Pedagogical and Ethical Dilemmas. pp. 292–297. (source)

2013. Earl W. Stevick, Carolyn Kristjánsson. Faiths and Practices in Language Teaching. Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages. pp.56-80. (source)

Book Reviews

1974. Review: Teaching Foreign Languages in Schools: The Silent Way by Caleb Gattegno. TESOL Quarterly. Vol. 8 No. 3 pp.305-314. (source)

1975. Review: The Context of Foreign Language Teaching by L. A. Jakobovits, B. Gordon. The Modern Language Journal. Vol. 59  No. 8  pp.452-54. (source)

1979. Review: Drama Techniques in Language Learning by Alan Maley, Alan Duff. The Modern Language Journal. Vol. 63 No. 4 pp.201-204. (source)


1969. Allan Kulakow, Earl W. Stevick. Report: Language Teachers’ Training Workshop. Washington DC: International Secretariat for Volunteer Service. (source)

1990. Research on What? Some Terminology. The Modern Language Journal, Vol. 74  No. 2  pp.143-153. (source)

Earl W. Stevick

Recommended books

Place in HLT

Earl Stevick is undoubtedly a key figure in the development of modern theory and practice in second language acquisition and teaching. He changed the focus in teacher education from teacher-centeredness to learner-centredness in work that combined elements of psychology, linguistics and communication.

His ideas were centred on humanism and harmony in the learning process. His focus on the importance of the student’s inner world, as well as the classroom as a microcosm of socio-didactic relationships, perfectly encapsulates the humanistic notion that the student is at the centre of the learning process, also anticipating the ‘social turn’ in language teaching and developing the communicative approach.

His interest in learner-centred methods like the Silent Way, Community Language Learning and Suggestopedia created new developments in ELT and inspired many leading professionals in the field.

As a person, Earl Stevick was remembered as “professional, sensitive, creative, imaginative, a maverick, a great educator, and a wonderful human being” (Bonnie Tsai), “whose books make you want to be a better person, student and teacher” (Tim Murphey), “– a great scholar, humanist and guide” (Scott Thornbury). He had a lasting influence on generations of ELT educators and received an unprecedented recognition in the foreign language profession in a book: Jane Arnold, Tim Murphey (eds.) Meaningful Action: Earl Stevick’s Influence on Language Teaching, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,  2013.

What others have said about him

  • Jane Arnold, Tim Murphey (eds.) 2013. Meaningful Action: Earl Stevick’s Influence on Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (source)
  • Various ELT Teachers, Trainers, Authors. February 2014. Remembering Earl Stevick. HLT Magazine. Year 16, Issue 1. 12 articles. (source)
  • Adam John Simpson. 2014. Earl Stevick. 1923-2013: The Continuing Relevance of Earl Stevick's Seven Learning Categories. HLT Magazine. Vol 16, No. 1. (source)
  • Scott Thornbury. 2010. S is for Earl Stevick. An A-Z of ELT. (source)
  • Carolyn Kristjánsson. 2015. Earl W. Stevick: Keeping the Faith in Theory and  Practice. Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching. Vol. 2. pp. 62-66. (source)
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