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Old 2013-12-27, 22:28   #5
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Originally Posted by f1pokerspeed View Post
I would say that the underlying issue is that if the student can't understand constructions and analysis/interpretation/evaluation of their own language, how can they be expected to understand the finer points of another language, no matter how it is taught?
Generally it works the other way round; you get the constructions hammered into you in French or Latin and this gives you the vocabulary for discussing them in English.

And you get something out of a foreign language even if you don't understand the finer points; being able to work out which terminal to go to for the bus from Buenos Aires to Cordoba is really useful and doesn't require high-end knowledge of Spanish.
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