Wilga Rivers

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Wilga Rivers (13 April 1919 – 23 June 2007) was an Australian academic and writer. She was a professor emerita of romance languages and literature at Harvard University. She had previously taught at University of Illinois and Monash University. Earlier she taught at Essendon High School in Victoria, Australia. She studied and wrote about teaching languages. Rivers was an early supporter of the change from the audiolingual method to more communicative and interactive language teaching. Rivers was born in Melbourne and died in Watertown, Massachusetts.[1]


  • "The Psychologist and the Foreign-Language Teacher". University of Chicago Press, 1964.
  • "Teaching Foreign-Language Skills". University of Chicago Press, 1968 & 1981.
  • "A Practical Guide to the Teaching of English as a Second or Foreign Language". Oxford University Press, 1978.
  • "Communicating Naturally in a Second Language". Cambridge University Press, 1983.
  • "Interactive Language Teaching". Cambridge University Press, 1987.


  1. ^ Di Fabio, Elvira; Stone, Donald; Frommer, Judith (20 November 2008). "Wilga Marie Rivers, Faculty of Arts and Sciences – Memorial Minute". Harvard University Gazette. The President and Fellows of Harvard College. Retrieved 5 April 2013.

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