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audiolingual approach(method?): Language learning is a matter of habit formation. Drill! Drill! Drill! Audiolingualism is based on behaviourism. Error correction is considered important to prevent bad habits. As well, a structural syllabus is used in class. As a result grammatical structures are brought to the forefront with meaning being neglected.

Audiolingualism is largely discredited in academic circles, though in some places it is still practiced. Some authors refer to it as an approach and some refer to it as just a method since it lacks a major theoretical foundation.