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the dinosaur's method

Teaching, a method

–read in Italian–

Teaching

A classic method

When learning a new language, the method is crucial. I could tell you Jespersen, or Skinner, even Chomsky, but there would be only names. Rather than doing that, it’s easier to see how teaching got close to win the battle against foreign language. First of all, we thought the best way to teach was to follow rigid guidelines. It seems like the teacher needed to let you speak like a book. The result? You were not going to speak at all. So the method developed, but the main idea was still to let you speak as a parrot.

Parrotism

A cool method, even nowadays, is the one called Parrotism, used mainly by the old school teachers. In a word, dinosaurs. As in Jurassic Park, but instead of  plants or other dinosaurs, they love reptita iuvant and white and black grammars with the smallest characters ever. If it was still by the law, they’d love to slap sb in the face. Errors? Na, erased. I supposed mainly because it reminds about the slap. The grammar slap, as to say.