Ryota's Old Daybook: Language Arts & Basic English
2005/04/06
  GDM, or Richards-Gibson System

I. A. Richards and Christine Gibson at Harvard University made a system of teaching languages. First it was started as a way of teaching Basic English to learners with no knowledge of English. Book 1 and 2 of their English through Pictures are in fact for learning about 750 of Basic words and International words. They are the best books for starting learners of Basic.

Book 3 is a step to a level higher than Basic.

Richards and Gibson's way of teaching language was put to use for teaching other languages: French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and so on. This Richards-Gibson system, their step-by-step way of teaching with pictures, got a name "Graded Direct Method" or "GDM."

No one in the United States seems to be interested in this way of teaching now, but a number of Japanese have been working on it for a long time. I said in March that I went to one of their meetings in Kyoto.

It is the starting month of the new school year in Japan now and the GDM teachers are going to have more meetings. If you are in Japan and interested, take a look at their online pages in Japanese.

<www.gdm.pos.to>
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