Excerpt from Beginning German: A Series of Lessons With an Abstract of Grammar
On the lessons and the best way of using them, I have only a few suggestions to make, and these I will venture to put in a somewhat categorical form.
First, have your students recite as mu... ch as possible with their books closed. Secondly, dictate a few sentences or phrases to them at every lesson. Thirdly, postpone sentence writing and ao-called composition until the ear is fairly well trained and the new language has become alive in the stu dent's mind. And fourthly, before your scholars do an Eng lish exercise, let them carefully reread the preceding German sentences that should serve them as models.
I may add that these suggestions are neither original nor novel, and I dare say that if they had been followed more closely since the Committee of Twelve lent them the weight of their authority, fewer candidates for admission to college would be found deficient in the translation into German, and most would do better in the translation of German into En g lish. The fact is that, notwithstanding all our conceits to the contrary, we are still too much under the sway of the traditional methods of teaching the dead languages.
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