Teaching methods are classified into:
Individual Methods: This method is followed or chosen when the number of people to be contacted are few, are conveniently located, close to the communicator and sufficient time is available for communication. In this, individual attention can be given.
Group Methods : A group may be defined as an aggregate of small number of people. This method is adopted when it is necessary to communicate with a group of people simultaneously and who are located not far off from the communicator, and reasonably good time is available for communication. Individual attention is difficult and may not be possible.
Mass Methods : This method is followed where a large and widely dispersed heterogeneous audience is to be communicated within a short time . There is no personal contact in this method.
Classification of Teaching methods
Farm and home visits.
Letters and phone calls.
Use of Computers
Classification of audio / visual aids Audio aids
Public address system
Visual aids (Non projected aids)
Pictures and photographs
Flannel graph, flash cards, flip charts
Diagram, map, chart, graph
Film strip projector
Over head projector
Audio - Visual Aids (Non projected)
The teaching methods and audio/visual aids mentioned above are the formal techniques. But if we have to communicate to the illiterate mass then the informal/nonformai methods have to be used.