How language instruction is changing

05/14/2013 | Guardian (London), The

In the past, foreign language education has relied heavily on repetitive grammar exercises and rote memorization. However, many educators now favor a more practical, task based approach that prioritizes speaking and understanding. For instance, a teacher might ask students to review and discuss tweets written in a foreign language. "The primary purpose of language is communication -- grammar is important, but there's a bigger picture," language educator Huw Jarvis says.

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