We are learning languages the wrong way says this article from the New Statesman. I don’t agree with everything in the article, but there are some important points.
I have always felt that the emphasis on teaching a few basic survival sentences, or correct usage, is largely a waste of time. I believe we need to emphasize the enjoyment of the language, and increased comprehension. The present emphasis in language class on producing the language, and on correct grammar, is usually counterproductive. Students graduate with little ability to understand the language, and still can’t produce many grammatically correct sentences.
What do you think? Are we learning languages the wrong way?