I - « The complex circumstances of teaching and learning languages __ with different kinds of pupils, teachers, aims and objectives, approaches, methods and materials, classroom techniques, and standards of achievement __ make it inconceivable that any single method could achieve optimum success in all circumstances. » Peter Strevens, 1977.
Harold Palmer, 1922, defines his « Complete Method », « The ‘ Complete Method ’ is not a compromise between two antagonistic schools ; it boldly incorporates what is valuable in any system or method of teching and refuses to recognise any conflict , except the conflict between the good and the inherently bad . The ‘ Complete method ’ will embody every type of teaching except bad teaching, and every process of learning except defective learning. »