The Direct Method is the most widespread among the so-called natural methods. The approach is based on the naturalistic assumptions of learning a language, in other words, in the belief that the process of learning a second language is similar to the process of acquisition of the first language.

From day one the student is placed into real life situations and is required to communicate according to the situation presented. Examples are given by the trainer for the students to understand and then repeat using different examples. Explanations are always given through use of examples, not definitions. Only the target language is used in the classroom, forcing the student to interact with the language. The ultimate objective is to have students thinking in the target language.