What's the difference between method and approach?And how to use them?
An approach is usually at the top of the hierarchy, describing the linguistic theory and theory of teaching that informs the method.
A method is a set of procedures or techniques that are consistent with the approach.
So the following methods take a Communicative Approach:
- Communicative Language Teaching
- Content-Based Learning
- Task-Based Instruction
And each of these methods will have their procedures and techniques.
[Richards and Rodgers]
However, it's often difficult to fit reality into this hierarchy.