Source: Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (J.C.Richards, T.S. Rodgers)The method concept in teaching - the notion of a systematic set of teaching practices based on a particular theory of language and language learning - is a powerful one, and the quest for better methods was a preoccupation of many teachers and applied linguists throughout the twentieth century.
I have checked the WR Dictionary but in spite of that I can not understand what the blue word [applied] means in my context. It has many meanings. It's hard to identify to which definition it refers to. Would you please help me with that?