For language teaching Channel Crossings favours a combination of several methods rather than focussing on just one. The main methods are:
- Communicative language teaching - the main principle of this method is the presentation of language media and vocabulary in the context of everyday situations with the emphasis on fluency of speech. The teacher facilitates the development of language skills – reading, writing, speech and listening. Students develop these skills together - actively communicating with one another and by using the language they acquire an understanding of the grammatical structure.
- The direct method - this method is based on using the foreign language for all communication during lessons - vocabulary is learnt using visual aids, pictures and objects; abstract vocabulary is taught by association of ideas. Grammar is taught inductively – students automatically acquire the rules of grammar through the constant use of the language. Great emphasis is placed on correct pronunciation and preference is given to verbal communication.
- Drill method - the drill method involves the automation of grammatical syntax and structures through their repeated use in suitable communication scenarios or textbook exercises.
- Total Physical Response (TPR) - refers to the incorporation of physical movement into the teaching process. The method is derived from the way infants learn their native language, a process that is accompanied by various physical responses and activities. The students imitate and repeat what the teacher says or does. This method is particularly useful for beginners.