a technique of foreign-language teaching in which only the target language is used, little instruction is given concerning formal rules of grammar, and language use is often elicited in situational contexts.
Origin of direct method
First recorded in 1900–05
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a method of teaching a foreign language with minimal use of the pupil's native language and of formal grammar
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