Once upon a time it was all drills and repetition (or was it ever, really?!); then it was all communication with grammar and drilling abandoned (or was it ever, really?!); now we are either ‘post-method’ or eclectic, apparently. But what really are the best (and varied) ways of drawing students to language and then helping them to memorise that language so that it becomes automatic? That’s a big question and this talk will start to provide the answer.