|Reviews for On Language Learning In American Schools Today|
| jane1313 chapter 1 . 3/26/2011
I totally agree with the sentiment of this essay; there are similar problems in Britain, where people only start learning languages when we're 11, and can stop studying them when we're 14.
I don't know what it's like in the US; but here, we also have the problem of a lot of influence being put on abstract discussion, and not much on being able to manage everyday conversation. I like the idea of learning of other students; I think it might work best if people did a couple of months of official lessons, and then just spent time learning the language? I know I'd find the idea of teaching English to complete beginners daunting, but I don't mind helping friends improve their grammar and vocabulary
Anyway, it was nice to read this, after years of arguing with people at school and college who don't want to put in the time and effort it takes to learn a language. Sorry for the stupidly long review.