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Earl W. Stevick



Manyika Step-by-Step.

Earl W. Stevick, Kingston Machiwana
1960, Cleveland, Transvaal: The Central Mission Press. (source)

Bambara Basic Course.

Earl W. Stevick
1963, Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

A Workbook in Language Teaching: With Special Reference to English as a Foreign Language.

Earl W. Stevick
1963, New York, NY: Abingdon Press. (source)

Yoruba Basic Course.

Earl W. Stevick, Olaleye Aremu
1963, Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

Swahili Basic Course: General Conversation.

Earl W. Stevick, J.G. Mlela, F.N. Njenga
1963, Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

Fula Basic Course.

Earl W. Stevick, Aremu Olaleye
1965, Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

Luganda Basic Course.

Frederick Katabazi Kamoga, Earl W. Stevick
1968, Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

Adapting Language Materials.

Earl W. Stevick
1970, Washington, DC: Department of State. (source)

Adapting and Writing Language Lessons.

Earl W. Stevick
1971, Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

Memory, Meaning and Method: Some Psychological Perspectives on Language Learning.

Earl W. Stevick
1976, Boston, MA: Newbury House. Revised Edition 1996. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle. (source)

Teaching Languages, A Way and Ways.

Earl W. Stevick
1980, Rowley, MA: Newbury House. (source)

Teaching and Learning Languages.

Earl W. Stevick
1982, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (source)

Double Action English: Multi-level Activities.

Earl W. Stevick, Jane Yedlin
1985, Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley. (source)

Images and Options in the Language Classroom (Cambridge Language Teaching Library).

Earl W. Stevick
1986, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (source)

Working with Teaching Methods: What's at Stake?

Earl W. Stevick
1998, Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning. (source)

Success With Foreign Languages: Seven Who Achieved It and What Worked for Them.

Earl W. Stevick
1990, Hemel Hempstead: Prentice-Hall International. (source)

Humanism in Language Teaching: A Critical Perspective.

Earl W. Stevick
1990, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (source)


1965. Raymond Setukuru et al. Kirundi Basic Course. Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

1965. M. Mataranyika, L. Mataranyika. Shona Basic Course. Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

1965. Earl W. Stevick, Linda Hollander (eds.) D. Bandawe et al. Chinyanja Basic Course. Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

1966. Earl W. Stevick, Marianne Lehr, Paul G. Imhoff (eds.). John Indakwa. Swahili: An Active Introduction. Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute. (source)

Book Chapters

1992. Shirley A. Brod, Irene Frankel. Earl W. Stevick (Contributor). Crossroads 2 (Student’s Book). Oxford: Oxford University Press. (source)

1993. Learning, Acquiring, Remembering and Producing Language. In Ann Swarbrick (ed.) In Teaching Modern Languages. London: Routledge (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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