On teaching foreign languages to the English

“You are thrown in the deep end and you just have to talk all the time. Every time you talk in a foreign language you get a clip round the ear. It does work.”

Would it be a violation of human rights if we actually tried that?

7 thoughts on “On teaching foreign languages to the English”

  1. I always think of this as the French Foreign Legion method. Officer gives you an order in French, you fail to obey instantly, get a crack round the head with a rifle butt. Everybody’s fluent in about a week.

    Tim adds: That’s because it’s lifted from an article about the French Foreign Legion method of language teaching.

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  3. Would it be a violation of human rights if we actually tried that?

    There’s a simple check, ask yourself a second question: Does it work?

    If the answer to Question Two is “yes”, then the answer to Question One is most likely to also be “yes”.

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